Tributes are pouring in on the social networking site Facebook to Aja Asombi Bojang, mother of Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh, who died on Friday.
Ms Bojang is reported to have passed away in a private hospital in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, after a brief illness.
She moved to the oil rich nation in January 2017 following the surprise defeat of her son by President Adama Barrow in the December 2016 presidential election.
Although not much is known about her family background,Ms Bojang had a closed relationship with Mr Jammeh and her other children.
She raised Mr Jammeh and his siblings up following the demise of her husband, Sulayman Junkung Jammeh.
She was deeply respected by Mr Jammeh, who once described her as one of the most selfless, hardworking and courageous woman he has ever seen.
During her son’s 22-year old rule, Ms Bojang kept a low profile and only made a few public appearances. She supported many needy families and was described by those who met her as a kind, honest and caring woman who was never any conceited about her being the president’s mum.
Paying tribute to her, Mustapha Ceesay wrote: “The sad news of the demise of the mother of Yahya Jammeh is announced. This is tragic and heartbreaking. Allah says no soul will be accounted for the sins of another nor will any soul bear the burden of another. Aja Asombi Bojang was an amazing person with an unmatched generosity. My only memory of her is back in 1997 during my recruit training in the Gambia Fire Service. She was living at the quarters opposite the Bakau Fire Station then. She used to have a special basin of food for the fire officers on a daily basis brought to them at the station. On top of that, junior officers and recruits would go to her quarters for more food. I had been there a few times and never for once had I seen her face or attitude change towards us. She would ask her maids to bring extra food when someone is late or when it was not enough. This is the only contact I had with this woman. Now that she is no more, Allah and his prophet command that we say the good deeds of the deceased and conceal their wrongs. May your death especially in a foreign land open the doors of Jannah for you. May Allah forgive your soul and grant you the highest abode in his dominion. Amen.”
Kexx Sanneh wrote: “Rest in eternal peace Asombi Bojang, May Allah grant you the highest of Jannah’s with all departed souls, in the name of our Holy Prophet Muhammad. Ameen.”
Pa Modou Bojang: wrote: “Ya Allah, grant my aunty, Aja Asombi Bojang Jannatul Firdaus and please extend your mercy to her. May your soul rest in peace Aja.”
Mightty Alexizz wrote: A very sad news indeed has just reach me. The demise of a great,trustworthy,honest,caring and loving lady. The nation’s mommy has left: Ajaratu Fatou Asombi Bojang. You will be missed greatly! May Ya Allah grant her with Al- Janatul Firdaus. Ameeen”
Mariam Dadi Sheriff wrote: OMG I lost my grandmother Aja Asombi Bojang…mother of my dear dadi Yaya Babili Mansa…may her soul rest in perfect peace, ameeen.”
Shorty Jammeh wrote: “Really sadden by this one. May Allah have mercy on you Ajaratou Asombi(Mbinki) Fatou Bojang. May Allah give you Jannah.”
Talibeh Hydara wrote: “May Allah grant you Jannah Ajaratou Asombi Bojang. My condolences to the family. Sleep peacefully, grandma!”
Lamin Jassey wrote: “We send our deepest condolences to the former President Yaya Jammeh and the Bojang family for the demise of Fatou Asombi Bojang. May Allah SWT grant her jannatul firdaus. Ameen!”
Momodou Sabally wrote: “A great soul has passed on. She was the epitome of human kindness and loving care; a woman who showed me great love and care through thick and thin.”
Hagie KT Drammeh wrote: “We are sadden by the lost of a sister, mother, and a Gambian, Aja Asombi Bojang, the mother of a former statesman, Yahya Jammeh. We pray that Allah forgives her and grant her Jannah. There is no politics in dead, and I await condolence message from the state especially His Excellency the President of the Republic. My condolence to Bojang, Jammeh, Badjie, Colley, Sonko, Nyassi and Jarju families home and abroad. My condolences also goes to former president and APRC political party. Long live the Gambia.”
Assan Jobe wrote: “RiP to our former president’s mom AJA Asombi Bojang. May her soul rest in peace. May Jannah be your resting place . Expressing my deepest condolences to our former President Yahya AJJ Jammeh an the entire Jammeh & Bojang Kunda family.”