Hundreds of mourners on Wednesday gathered to pay their last respects to veteran journalist Kebba Dibba at his former residence in Salaji where he was later laid to rest.
It is a saying that when a good man dies, part of the world dies with him. This is true of Dibba, 51, the onetime Director General of The Gambia Radio and Television Services, who died on Tuesday at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul following a brief illness. His death has plunged the media fraternity into a state of mourning.
A number of dignitaries, including the Minister of Information among other Cabinet Ministers attended the burial.
At the service, tributes reflected his work and life, which was described by many as brilliant both in the print and broadcast media. Those who knew him described him as a kind, caring, loving and a dedicated man, who ensured that his family was well taken care of.
The late journalist was an icon as most of the young journalists looked up to for inspiration. Dibba, who was until his death the Director of TV Programmes at the state broadcaster, was one of the most significant and influential journalists in The Gambia.
The Director General of GRTS, Momodou Sabally said; “You surely served your nation with distinction. May Allah admit you, Alhaji Kebba Dibba, in Jannatul Firdaus.”
Abubacarr Darboe, another colleague of Kebba Dibba wrote; “I have met many stars in the field of broadcast journalism but none will compare the agility, intellectually, profundity and responsibly of legendary journalist Mr. Kebba Dibba. He had a uniquely sharp intellect; coupled with a distinct approach to analysing problems and approaching solutions. He is a leader and teacher per excellence, having tutored many of the country’s brightest. His respect for humanity and national duty ultimately earned him international recognition. Kebba was a good Muslim whose faith in the Oneness of Allah was unshakable. It is indeed heart-racking to fathom that this country have lost a legend, the like of whom will not be seen forever.”
Hon. Seedy SK Njie said the late journalist served his country with distinction and dedication to service and duty. He described him as an erudite journalist whose melodious voice and command of the English language made him one of the best members of the journalism family of all times in The Gambia.
“Many in the profession and outside benefited immensely from his God gifted talents. His demise today is a great loss to our dear country and African journalists. May Allah forgive his sins and reward him Jannatul Firdaus. Rest in Peace Kebba,” he prayed.
The late journalist is survived by two wives and children.
by Musa Ndow