Sierra Leone Entertainment: Jimmy B recounts Late President Kabbah’s friendship

At the official launch of Late President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah’s foundation, Sierra Leone music’s Godfather Jimmy B in a statement explained about his relationship with the late President. Below is his speech: Let me start out by thanking you Mrs. IJ Kabbah and the Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah foundation for giving me the opportunity to speak at this event I am grateful and humbled by this honor. The bible says blessed are the peace makers for they shall inherit the earth. This year marks the fifth anniversary since the passing of our beloved former president who I was blessed to have a very special father and son type of relationship with.  Pa Kabbah as we all fondly called him was a man of peace… a patriot and a democrat in every sense of the word. I saw in him a man who made friends with everyone regardless of religious beliefs, regional or tribal background, political affiliation, class or social standing … what was important to him is that we were all Sierra Leoneans. I saw in Pa Kabbah a successful man who cared less about material wealth or financial gains, because as a man of faith he knew the true meaning of success and wealth is not material or financial gains but rather how one’s actions positively impact the lives of others and he knew that empty we came into this world empty shall we return.  Infact he cared so less about money that he hated giving it away … he was a little bit tight fisted … from time to time when I would visit him at his Juba Hills residence after his presidency … he would shuffle the money in his pocket to take out Le 2,000 and call out his former cook … Albert, cam go buy soft drink for jimmy B … that was Pa Kabbah for you. Once he called me to the lodge after a state visit to china … upon my arrival, he took out a red shinny looking cloth from a box and said … look waitin are bring for you … arr know say you go lek am … Infact na two arr bring one for you one for junior, his late son.

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