The commemorative ceremony was convened by Aja Sukai Bajan Conateh, the widow of the proprietor of Gambia News & Report Magazine, the event brought together family members, relatives, immediate neighbours, journalists and a good number of well-wishers.
“Swaibou Conateh was the exemplary embodiment of truth,” Aja Sukai Bajan told this medium while praying for the deceased, asking Allah to grant him a highest place in Paradise.
Veteran Gambian journalist, Demba Ali Jawo, who spoke to this reporter, said the late Swaibou Conateh was not only a friend, but also a mentor who was instrumental in shaping his journalistic career.
“On professional basis, we used to discuss a lot of issues. His advices were always useful. If anybody felt his departure, I am definitely one of them,” said the former editor of The Independent newspaper.
Similar sentiments were reechoed by Seedy Bojang and Momodou Edrissa Njie, proprietors of online news sites The Mirror and Mansabanko, respectively. They both worked under the mentorship of Swaibou Conateh who guided their initial steps into journalism.
While Bojang described him as “the best person he ever worked with”, Njie seized the opportunity to urge the young generation of journalists to emulate Swaibou Conateh in upholding the values of the profession.
Mataar Bajan, a close relative to the deceased, recounted Swaibou Conateh’s career, citing Radio Gambia and the Civil Service where he successively served with total commitment and dedication.