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Funeral Arrangements for Late Edward Walter Babatunde Gustavus Blyden
Feb 28, 2017, 17:10


for Late Edward Walter Babatunde Gustavus Blyden

BORN: June 12th 1943 in Freetown

DIED: February 14th 2017 in London

TO BE BURIED: Sunday March 5th 2017 in Freetown



The Blyden Family regrets to announce the passing away of Mr. Edward Walter Babatunde Gustavus Blyden, which sad event took place in London, UK on the 14th of February 2017, aged 74. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Jolliminah Sylvia Blyden.


His Children

Pastor Mrs Babsy Kaye; Hon. Government Minister Dr Sylvia Blyden; Miss Cheryl Blyden and Mr Edward Babatunde Blyden jnr,


Sons and daughter in law

Mr Ashley Kaye, Mr Isaac Adegboyega and Mrs Elsa Blyden,



Sylvester, Linda, Samuel, Ashanti, Akintoye, Miles and Mia-Rose.


Father in Law

Professor Solomon Pratt.


Foster Children

Mrs Virginia Zack-Williams, Mrs Abie Labor-Koroma, Mr Safea Songu-Mbriwa, Mrs Isatu Brima-Keita, Mr Theophilus Kamara, Mr Lawrence Sesay, Mrs Jacqueline Cullen-Olushesi and their familes.


Sisters and brothers

Madam Joya Davies, Mr Emmanuel Harding, Madam Isa Blyden, Mr Bai Blyden, Mrs Fenda Akinwumi, Dr Eluem Blyden, Madam Cleo Blyden, Chef Didi Blyden, Dr Nemata Bickersteth, Mrs Josephine Jalloh Jamboria, Mrs Araba Ben-Carew-Josiah, Dr. Nematta Majeks-Walker and their families.


Sisters and brothers in law

Mr Egerton Mammah, Mrs Angella Williams, Mrs Antoinette Roberts, Mr Joe Jalloh-Jamboria, Mrs Hannah Butcher, Mrs Thelma Conteh, Mr James Pratt, Mr Akintoye Akinwumi, Mrs Glenys Blyden, Mrs Mary Harding, Mr Bickersteth and Mrs Victoria Ben-Carew.


Several cousins, nieces and nephews

including Mrs Ayodele Cream-Wright, Mrs Iyamide Clarke, Mr Eddie Bahsco-George, Mrs Nafisatu Alhadi, Mr Tunjie Lightfoot-Taylor, Mr Lloyd Bright,  Hon Justice Bintu Alhadi, Administrator & Registrar General Madam Seray Kallay, Mrs Hilda Shyllon, Mrs Ruby Stronge, Mrs Isabella Findlay, Miss Emma Harding, Mrs Matilda Adjagba, Mrs Emmanuella Jenkins and Mr Emmanuel Harding jnr.


Other relatives include

First Lady Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma and the Abu Aiah Koroma family, Mrs. Marian Adebie-Williams, The Solomon Pratt family, Revd Bami & Apostle Lucinda Palmer, Boyle, Patnelli, Porter, Mammah, Candy, Bull, Iscandari, Zubairu, Dahniya, Marsh, Alhadi, Taylors, Williams, Ben-Carew, Mr & Mrs Unisa Carew, Lightfoot Taylor, Bascho-George, Songu-Mbriwa, Elba Jones, Nicol of Aberdeen, Takawira, Roberts of Congo town, the Foulah Town & Fourah Bay Community and the Juba Estate community.


Close family friends and associates:

Haja Mrs Mabinty S.I. Koroma, Mr & Mrs Robert Briggs, Dr Dolly Grant, Mrs Farella Thomas-Clarkson, members of several Masonic Bodies in England, Gambia and Sierra Leone, The Aku Town Yoruba Ojeh Society, The Mammy Abie Foulah Town Geledeh Society, The Firestone Cultural Society, former members of SLUNA and SLUNSA, the Civic Development Education Center (CDEC), Sydenham and Lewisham communities in London and members of Zion Methodist Church, Wilberforce Street.


The remains of Late Edward Babatunde Walter Gustavus Blyden will leave London after a Service of Thanksgiving and Commendation at Forest Hill Methodist Church.


On arrival in Freetown, there will be a Vigil/Wakekeeping on Saturday 4th March, 2017 at 6pm at Zion Methodist Church,

Wilberforce Street.


The body will be laid out at the residence of his daughter Hon. Minister Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden from 10:00am until 12pm on Sunday March 5th 2017 and then inside the Zion Methodist Church, Wilberforce Street from 12:30pm until 2:30pm.


Funeral and Communion Service will be then be held at Zion Methodist Church with Interment immediately after at the Race Course Cemetery, Freetown.


A Book of Condolence has been opened and sympathizers may call at residence of his daughter, Hon. Minister Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden at:


8 Ndoeka Drive

Cockle Bay

Off Aberdeen Ferry Rd


Tel: 076-812345


May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

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