Today, August 7th, we mark six years since the passing of Ambassador Gibril Santigie Moseray Fadika, fondly called ‘Super’, a remarkable journey of life completed, and a positive legacy that still inspires and motivates all of us.
Moseray Fadika was internationally recognised as one of Africa’s Global Icons, Business Magnate, Investor, and Philanthropist. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who touched as many lives as Moseray Fadika. He had a profound effect on people from all walks of life, and his outstanding work motivated and inspired a generation. His incredible work for humanity was cross-cutting and powerful.
Moseray Fadika’s inspirational work to help poor people work their way out of poverty, his work for a prosperous, peaceful, and United Sierra Leone permeates throughout the country and beyond. His ideals live on in the good deeds of ordinary people across the country –from the streets of Freetown to corners across the country. He was indeed a man of the people.
As Moseray Fadika said: ‘’We Are Born Poor. We Must Not Die Poor”. This powerful message has left a lasting impact. His memory, his work, and his beliefs live on in the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life and the global community, in people playing their part to make the world a better place for all of us, and for our children’s children.
EARLY LIFE AND FAMILY.
Moseray Fadika came from a humble background and said this of his childhood,
‘’I was born in poverty and struggled to pay my school fees. Despite these difficulties growing up as a child in Sierra Leone, I never lost hope, but continued in my efforts to seek a better life. I graduated from university and took an interest in business…’’
Moseray Fadika was born on the 25 of March 1963 at 23 Magazine Court Eastern, Sierra Leone. He is sixth in line in his family born to Alhaji Gibril Fadika and Haja Tigidankay Fadika with an extended family from around the world. Moseray Fadika married Mrs. Cathy Kadiatu Fadika and had three daughters: Tigidankay, Nancy and Marie.
Moseray Fadika and his family
Moseray Fadika was a man from humble beginnings and remained humble in his generosity and immense sense of national development.
DEVOTION TO GOD.
Moseray Fadika was a devoted Muslim. At a young age, Moseray Fadika built a mosque in his community where he was born. Despite being a Muslim, he was seen as a person of high religious tolerance as he supported people and institutions from all religions including Muslims and Christians alike. He helped churches and mosques in the country and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Moseray Fadika attended the Holy Trinity Primary School, and later enrolled at the St Edward’s Secondary School in Freetown.
He proceeded to the Victoria College in the Republic of Egypt where he furthered his education.
Moseray Fadika later traveled to the United States of America and attended the Washington International University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy and a Master of Art Degree in Political Science.
Moseray Fadika was the Executive Chairman of Africa Minerals Limited (AML) Sierra Leone. He also served as Executive Director and Co-founder of the company; and Non-Executive Director of African Petroleum and Pan African Minerals Limited, with a cumulative investment portfolio of over 3.1 billion United States dollars, in Africa.
With promising investments in iron ore, oil and gas and related resources in nine West African countries including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Cote D’ivoire, The Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Niger; Moseray Fadika provided direct and indirect jobs to thousands of people including youth in the region.
Moseray Fadika served as the Vice Chairman of Shandong Steel Sierra Leone Limited, the company that took over AML. His companies contributed greatly in boosting Sierra Leone’s economy and helped create employment opportunities for thousands of Sierra Leoneans.
SPORT AND CULTURE.
Moseray Fadika was a man of the game. He was a leader and big supporter of the East End Lions (EE Lions) Football Club. His love for football was well known and anyone connected to the game is keen to pay their respect to Moseray Fadika. Sports stakeholders described him as someone who came to move the country’s game forward because of his love for youth and the country.
Moseray Fadika’s outstanding contribution to humanity and sport inspired us all, and his legacy will continue to provide inspiration for generations to come. Moseray Fadika was remembered with a tribute at the opening of the Sierra Leone vs Ivory Coast match for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, held on the 3rd September 2016 in Bouake, Ivory Coast. The world of African football came together to pay special tribute to Moseray Fadika’s stunning legacy in sport.
Culturally, he was a major sponsor of the most popular entertaining annual PADDLE masquerade in the country which attracts Sierra Leoneans at home and aboard. He was also a big sponsor for many other cultural activities in Sierra Leone.
AWOL- ALL ‘WORKS’ OF LIFE DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION.
Moseray Fadika served as Chairman and later Godfather of AWOL- All ‘Works’ of Life Development Organisation. The organisation was formed in 2001, by a group of Sierra Leoneans from various walks of life; most of them returning from the Diaspora who wanted to contribute to the post-civil war national rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts,
Moseray Fadika supported the AWOL National Achievement Awards scheme and the first awards ceremony was held in December in 2002. The AWOL Award honours deserving individuals and organisations who are contributing their talents/resources for the enhancement of the common good.
Through AWOL, Moseray Fadika supported and empowered a lot of individuals and institutions including the Sierra Leone Movie Industry, the Entertainment industry, and sport, Friends of Super in Sierra Leone, Germany, UK, and Holland and across the world. Moseray Fadika invested millions of Leones in helping venerable children to access quality education in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.