Lofa County Hosts Feast For Fallen Veteran Statesman
Kolahun, Lofa County – He started his life as an illustrious business man, trading between Koindu and the diamond rich town of Wesua, now situated in Gbarpolu County.
By 1973, he began playing leadership roles as one of the youngest chiefs in the then remotest Hembeh Clan, Kolahun District, Lofa County.
From 1980-89, he soon became a closer friend and trusted confidant of former President Samuel Kayon Doe, while at the same time serving as Paramount Chief.
That’s a brief life sketch of Hon. Alhaji Sekou Dudu, a man who was highly respected in the Liberian society.
At about 2:00 a.m, Friday morning December 16, 2016, Chief Dudu passed on, leaving behind about 48 children, 39 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren in Liberia and other parts of the world.
At a well-organized souvenir program marking the final feast of the fallen Chief Dudu, Lofans from various towns and villages gathered in their numbers on May 7 in Kolba City, Kolahun District to pay their last respect.
In the words of his eldest son Prof Momo Dudu, Chief Dudu taught his children several things when he was alive.
“The first thing he taught us as children and family was to know our religion (Islam). Respect your religion, honor your religion, practice your religion,” he said.
He said his father also taught the family about respect for the culture and traditions of what he described as their roots.
“That is what we will continue to propagate to our children and our grandchildren and the respect of posterity in the Dudu family and the Nyenla family,” he noted.
Making remarks, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia Justice Kabineh Ja’neh described Chief Dudu as a man who was a fearless soldier of Islam.
He said Dudu was always making sure that the rights of Muslims across Liberia were brought to the full national agenda.
Justice Ja’neh said Allah wants his followers to protect themselves and their families from the hellfire.
“Now the only way we can do that is to give our children the proper Islamic education,” he said.
Continued Justice Ja’neh: “There is nothing wrong with sending your children to learn the western education, to learn, get PhD and all of that but we have a duty to ensure that our children are given proper Islamic education.”
“So that when we leave, they will be those who will continue to practice the religion and further the betterment of humanity. Islam means to make things better for the world.”
Meanwhile, former Lofa County Senatorial Candidate Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah said he remembers Chief Dudu as someone who tolerates other people based on different views.
Said Jallah: “So, I learned to have respect for our elders here that if you don’t agree with them don’t say it with rudeness. You must say it to them with some degree of respect and they will allow you to have your will.”
Continued Jallah: “I want to say thanks to all of us who came for this farewell celebration. The old man lived his life. And the way he lived his life, he lived his life selflessly.
He lived his life beyond his family and his religion.”