May 28, 2009, 7:26 AM
Hello and a warm welcome to yet another scintillating edition of Personality of the Week, your weekly column aimed at bringing prominent Gambian top notches and achievers into the limelight.
As it is always said, death can strike anyhow, anywhere and anytime. In this sense, we live in the danger of death every working moment- that is, the fact that we are alive means that we shall die someday. It is for this reason that philosophers over the ages have urged us to live each day as though it were our last day on earth.
Well, in today's edition, we bring you the profile of a man who though has gone, his legacy will remain fresh in the minds of many people (Gambians and non-Gambians alike) and will always be a shining example of selfless service to humanity. A man who was a lot more than what he seems. He is the late Alhagie Lalo Samateh, veteran journalist at the Gambia Radio and Television Services (
The late Lalo Samateh meant many and different things to many and different people. He was a father, an uncle, a brother, a journalist and an honest broadcaster. But it is in his last capacity after retiring and taken back on contract basis at
He devoted his life to broadcasting, a noble profession. Doubtless, as a journalist, he must have influenced the lives of so many people who are possibly in positions of influenced and authority today. Any one who knew him will no doubt be sadden by his passing away.
Born in the year 1942, the late Lalo Samateh, a native of Salikene in the North Bank Region met his untimely death on Friday 17th October at the age of 66.
The late Lalo Samateh, who was until his demise working for the State owned
Prior to his appointment at
Brought up in
Few years after joining
He was from there promoted to the rank of senior announcer before being elevated to the position of head of local language section and religious affairs.
After retiring from
His love for sharing his knowledge whenever and wherever possible brought him out of retirement. He then went back to work for Radio
As explained by his long time friend and colleagues at Radio
Lalo's returning back to
As one of the longest serving journalists that this country has ever produced, the late Lalo was very strategic, thoughtful, organised, compassionate, saintly, incorruptible and honest to goodness.
During his time at radio
He will always remain a shining example of selfless service to humanity. Adieu Alhagie Lalo Samateh!
The late Lalo Samateh is survived by three wives and fourteen children.