“Look at me. Don’t I look like an African? All I want is to meet with my father because I have the right to be loved by my father; to be known by my father and for me to know him, also. But here I am – at age 32, and I have never set eyes on my biological father. I don’t know him and am begging for anyone who has information about the whereabouts of my father, to please, please help me find him,” pleaded Dearest Brown, in tears, as she laments, on Tuesday, how deeply she is missing the hugs and love of a father.
She said her father was in the United States when she was born, but never saw him and have no photos of him – to see how he look like. Ms Brown knew only one person as her biological father – her mother’s husband – until at age 15, when her mother first mentioned to her that, her biological father is somewhere out there and that the man she had grew up to know as her biological father, was actually her stepfather. “At first, I didn’t take it seriously because I was young, but when I turned 17-years-old, my mother repeated the conversation again – reminding me that her husband was not my biological father, then I started taking it very seriously,’’ she explained.
Then in 2004, according to Dearest Brown, she started the diligent process of searching for her father; on the internet and asking people – any person having an African connection. Then she met Sampha Turay – a Sierra Leone national – whose information she got during one of her many searches on the internet. She contacted Mr. Turay and he was able to provide him with very useful information about his putative father. “I know her father since the late 50s. He is a Sierra Leonean and we attended Magburaka Boys School in Sierra Leone. Then we met again in Washington, DC and he was working as a corrections officer at DC Jail. His name is Sulaiman John Turay,” Sampha Turay gave an insight.
He further explained that Sulaiman Turay, in 1996, left United States to pursue political aspirations in Sierra Leone and was rumoured to have launched a political party – that never actually materialised. Preceding this, Mr. Turay continued, Sulaiman John Turay worked as a cabby within the Washington DC metropolitan area and attended Howard University. “He attained a Higher Teachers Certificate (HTC) in Sierra Leone and later established the Panpana Secondary school in the northern province of Sierra Leone ultimately becoming its principal, before he emigrated to the United States of America”, he concluded.
Dearest Brown thanked Sampha Turay for the enormous support he had directed towards her efforts in trying to locate her father. “People have really helped me in trying to find my father and Mr. Turay is one of them. I really appreciate and thank him for all of his assistance. Another Lady – a hair braider from Senegal, who has been braiding my hair for about six years, also gave me the idea of explaining my situation to the Sierra Leone Embassy – they linked me with the media and promised to get to me if anything comes up. I am very grateful,” she complimented.
Dearest Brown further explained that, her family loved her father and has only good things to say about him. “My fear is, I will never find him and meet him and its no fault of mine. I don’t know why he hasn’t attempted to locate me; when he knew about me,” she opined. She however hinted that, since she went to the media with her story – with a reward of $500.00 for any information leading to locating her father – she has received numerous communications from individuals claiming to have information, but there has been no headway at the moment.
Compounding the absent of a biological father, Dearest Brown’s mother and stepfather died a couple years ago. “I just wanna know. This is who I was told my father is and I sincerely want to meet and know him. If he’s not alive, I wanna know if I have siblings and who they are. And also, what tribe do I belong to,” she concluded in her American lingua.
Anyone with information may contact Dearest Brown (email@example.com) or the Newstime Africa editorial team.
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