Former senior BBC journalist from Sierra Leone, Hassan Arouni has expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of his beloved aunt, Aunty Dawoeyea Arouni.

In a heartfelt post Mr Arouni states that Dawoeyea Arouni is a remarkable woman who embodied strength and grace. She had reached the end of her earthly journey, and her passing marks the departure of the last Arouni matriarch.

Aunty Dawoeyea Arouni’s legacy spanned more than 80 years of a life well-lived. Born in the heart of Sierra Leone, in Moyamba, she was a linguistic virtuoso, fluent in Mende, Krio, Arabic, and English. Her linguistic prowess was a testament to her deep connection to her heritage and her ability to bridge cultures.

She reigned as the undisputed Queen of Saroulla, Kissy, where she established a business empire that left an indelible mark on her community. Aunty Dawoeyea’s entrepreneurial spirit was a source of inspiration to many, and her success was a reflection of her unwavering dedication and strong work ethic.

As a wife, she exemplified the values of commitment and devotion, holding fast to her home and tirelessly cherishing, nurturing, and safeguarding all that was entrusted to her. Her love and care extended to her family, making her not just a phenomenal woman but a cherished mother, grandmother, wife, sister, and aunt.

With a heavy heart, the former BBC journalist bid farewell to his beloved Aunty Dawoeyea Arouni, sending her wishes for a peaceful and eternal rest. He invoked the blessings of Allah, expressing the hope that she would find solace in His boundless love. As her journey on this earthly plane came to a close, her soul now returns to the Creator, from whom it originated.

In closing, Mr Arouni extended gratitude to Aunty Dawoeyea for all that she had been and for the indomitable spirit she brought to this world. May she rest in perfect peace, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come.