Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma , the mother of the President His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, passed away suddenly last night. She was 80 years old. The news of this huge loss struck the nation and diaspora by storm this morning after journalists in Freetown and supporters of the President started sending text messages announcing the death of the woman who is loved by multitudes of people for her kindness and humility . Ambassadors and diplomats who had heard the news started calling colleagues all over the world to pass on the sad information. The whole of Makeni is in huge shock as residents who will miss Mrs. Koroma’s kind and loving concern describe her passing as a massive shock. Throughout her life, she was known as a very kind woman who shared whatever she had, especially food, with other people . Even when her son became President of Sierra Leone, that did not change her personality as she continued to be a loving, kind and humble woman, providing godly counsel and support to all who desired them.
The death will be a monumental blow to the President because apart from the psychological and emotional trauma and ripples usually caused by the death of a parent , he was very close indeed to his mother but he will be comforted by the fact that his dearly beloved mother passed away without suffering the often painful throes associated with certain kinds of death. According to family members , she suffered a heart attack during the night and died shortly after.
Madam Koroma was a good mother who brought up her kids to appreciate the abiding values of love, humility and concern for other people’s welfare and those who know the family well say that this is reflected in the personality of her children. You will not find any of them who is not humble. President Koroma’s humble, forgiving and tolerant nature are often attributed to the strong christian training he received from Mammy Alice and his late father, Pa. Sylvanus Koroma.
MRS. ALICE ROSALINE KOROMA ARRIVES AT A PUBLIC FUNCTION .SHE HAD THAT GENTLE TOUCH IN HER CHARACTER AS COULD BE SEEN IN THIS PHOTO . CREDIT : SIERRA LEONE AGENDA
Though nothing can appease the loss of a dear one, it is also comforting that Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma was a devout Christian woman known for her strong and abiding love for and faith in God. PSALM 116:15 says : “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones.” ( New American Standard Bible ). Before he was resurrected , the Lord Jesus Christ assured his disciples : “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3 ). Mama Koroma has gone to be with the Lord. I want to comfort the President and family with these words from the infallible Word of God.
ON BEHALF OF THE KANU FAMILY , members of the Covenant Child World Evangelistic Ministry of New Jersey and the Management and Editorial Boards of Cocorioko and the Sierra Leone Daily Nation newspapers, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the President, his brothers, sisters and all other members of the family on this incalculable loss. May her soul rest in peace.