Residents of New Jersey awoke to more grief and sorrow yesterday morning when it was announced that another staunch member of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) and one of the finest investigators of the Sierra Leone Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau ( CID ) during the 1970-80s , Mr. Brima Bangura , had passed away. The popular socialite and Community man, fondly known as BB, died yesterday morning after ailing for a few months. The news sent shock waves ripping through a community that has buried many of its young and vibrant residents and activists in just one year
BB was one of the most friendly and respectful young men your paths will ever cross during your life-time.
PHOTO CREDIT : SALLIEU CONTEH
BB was famous for leading the APC victory songs during public functions , especially the vintage 1967 rallying song that helped usher in the APC victory of the late President Siaka Stevens . The song, rendered in Temne , “APC, SU BA MU KU RAM O, su kara mu ka kuma”, which translated in English , means : “APC , we are obligated to you ; We will prove it in the ballot box”.
His most noted mesmerizing performance took place when the then Opposition Leader and insurance executive , Mr. Ernest Koroma, kicked off his presidential ambitions in the diaspora in Somerset, New Jersey in 2004. At a time when many people thought that the APC was dead and buried, BB helped to revive the passions of attendants of the Ernest Koroma Sensitization Meeting with a powerful and euphonious rendition of the rallying song, as once done in the 1960s by old faithfuls like Borbor Kamara, S.I.Koroma, C.A. Camara-Taylor, Bangalie Mansaray, Ibrahim Taqi and Pa Shaki himself. It was one of the signs that the APC was alive and kicking and was in fact on its way back to power, the other sign being the indescribable rousing welcome received by Ernest Koroma.
BB remained a noted foot soldier of the party and before his death was the Acting Organizing Secretary of the APC-NA.
This year, the APC New Jersey also lost former Secretary General and journalist, Mr. Shekou Dauda Bangura and former Chapter President, Mr. Mohamed Aziz Nabe.
HERE IS THE WAY THE NEWS WAS BROKEN TO STUNNED NEW JERSEYANS YESTERDAY MORNING :