It was a somber Bo School compound when the members of the Old Bo Boys Association gathered in the school’s compound to say a final farewell to their departed colleague 2566 Dr. Fawundu Alfred Sowa. The campus was filled with hums and sobs but this was to be more felt in the school’s Assembly Hall where the cadaver of Dr Fawundu laid right on the podium.
Speeches were made by many highlighting the enviable attributes of their late colleague. The colleague they lamented was one that entered and never left the gate of the Bo School at the bottom of the pile as that was so un-Bo School. They cried that he left as a chiseled ‘Manners Maketh Man’ which enabled him to succeed in all his undertakings both at home and abroad. He occupied many post but none they said was able to steal his humility as he himself later described himself in writing as “….a team builder and player….”
For this and others they said they were going to miss their colleague but that as Longfellow wrote “The cares that infest the day shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away,” they know their friend was not dead. Fine men they said do not die.
And even if fine men do die, Dr Manyeh spoke, they however believed that their fallen colleague must have it as a burden to pray that “More and more Sierra Leoneans are well mannered…majority are well mannered…leaders are well mannered…knowing the difference between justice and injustice…knowing the difference between love and hate..”
At this time then the hall had been transformed into a pulpit with sobs symphonically producing Amen upon amen with a mixture of Alleluia.
But Dr Manyeh did not stop there in concluding a prayer that he thinks will help bring salvation to everything in this country.
He continued to apostrophize to his friend to continue praying to God so that our leaders “know the difference between my own and our own…sincere and insincere…honest and dishonest…democracy and human rights…know the meaning of peace, unity and freedom.” The crowd at this time was highly hysteric but Dr Manyeh was yet to reach his finale.
He invoked the dead man to advocate to God to “believe in one country and the same people” and that they should “know that Manners Maketh man.”
Dr Manyeh finally rounded up by saying that the good works of the late man clearly explains him and for which he left a lot for OBBA. Quoting from the last stanza of the school’s song “For God for King (OBBA) and for our country dear, Our lives give we in loyal service free, In words and deeds we example be,” Sierra Leoneans he said must remain sublime and still wish to leave footprints on the sands of time as Longfellow once wrote “Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate