IN MEMORIAM: PRINCE WALEANS REMEMBER THE LATE ALHAJI DR. MUHAMMAD SANUSI MUSTAPHA. JUNE 1903 – JULY 1993.
The Principal and Vice Principal received H.R.H. , The Prince of Wales after alighting from his car, and escorted him to the entrance of the building and the first head prefect Muhammad Sanusi Mustapha presented to His Royal Highness the gold key with which the school was official opened.
The Late Sylvannus Juxon Smith
The Honourable Alhaji Dr. Muhammad Sanusi Mustapha (photo) was born at No. 5 Third Street, in the Aku (Oku) community of Foulah Town in the East End of Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 1st of June, 1903, to Alpha Mohamed Mustapha and Fatmata Bintu N’jai who hailed from Sierra Leone and Sene gal respectively.
He received his early Arabic education from his uncles; “Alpha” Mahdieu and “Alpha ” Mucktarr, commonly called “Muckhtairu Morgin”and he also studied under the Late Alhaji Haroun Rashid Bun Alie of blessed memory. He began his english education at the Madrasa Amaraia School, and then the Government Model School, after which he proceeded to the Prince Of Wales School, where he displayed tremendous love for the school and participated in all manner of sports activities and excelled in them.
Alhaji Dr. Muhammad Sanusi Mustapha was also a distinguished member of the Board of Governors of the school, and president of the Old Boys Association. His school house was Macaulay House, and it was commonly known that each time M. S. Mustapha would attend the Annual Sports activity at the school compound, Macauley House would always win the championship.
There was a period in time when the British Colonial Authorities wanted to reduce Fourah Bay College to the status of a Technical College, M. S. Mustapha and another reputable Prince Walean, the late Dr. R. S. Easmond organized the “SAVE FOURAH BAY COLLEGE COMMITTEE,” and acting as joint secretaries toured the then protectorate lobbying for support for the College to maintain its status as a University.
In 1987, the University of Sierra Leone awarded him the Doctor of Civil Law (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his many contributions to community advancement in Sierra Leone.
Muhammad Sanusi Mustapha was a founding member of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (S. L. P. P. ) He held several ministerial positions and also served as a Member of Parliament. In one instance he served the people of Bo North Constituency, a rare occurrence for someone born in Freetown to represent a constituency in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone.
He was also a prominent businessman, who foun ded the Mustapha Brothers Company. Initially the company imported rice and exported local produce such as coffee, cocoa, palm kernel and piassava, and at a later period the company embarked on building materials such as cement, nails and iron rods, etc.
Alhaji Dr. Sanusi Mustapha was commonly known as “BRA MUS” and fondly known as “AKPATA” derived from the Yoruba expression “akpata kim gberu oju” meaning “wata sai stone nor day frade rain,” and indeed, the Late Alhaji Dr. Sanus i Mustapha like the “wata sai stone” preserved and endured in many trying and challenging circumstances.
May his soul and those of all deceased Prince Waleans rest in perfect peace. Armin/Amen.
Foulah Town Association USA in collaboration with The Mustapha Family.
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