C.A. Kamara-Taylor is well remembered by his
constituents for the many development projects he brought to Madina,
Tonko Limba region of Kambia District. A secondary school, water supply, a community
center and a market are some of the projects that made "C.A." dear to the
hearts of his northwestern Sierra Leone constituents.
According to former students, in its prime, the
Government Secondary School, Madina, a project sponsored by Kamara-Taylor, was
the envy of other secondary schools in Sierra Leone. Well constructed and staffed
by teachers from around the world, the school also boasted one of the best
equipped science laboratories.
Today, the dusty classrooms at GSSM are a jumble of
broken chairs and desks, faded walls, broken ceilings and concrete floors that
have been reclaimed by dirt. The science labs look like they have not been
used in a long time, with the few surviving instruments sheathed in spider webs
looking like they were frozen in time, in the 1970s. Untrimmed trees around the
campus seemed intent on gaining entry into magnificent school buildings that could
all use a coat of paint or two.
In a courtyard of the dormitories, a couple of
female students were cooking supper on an open fire. The beautiful commons
lined with giant trees in the middle of campus and the splendid world mural on
one of the buildings reminds visitors that this was once a sought after
destination of higher learning in Sierra Leone.
Around the corner from GSSM is a large red and white
building, the Madina Community Center. A bust of Kamara-Taylor with part of its
forehead chipped off stands outside in appreciation for his contribution to the
center's construction. A note below the bust thanks "C.A." for his service to
Residents also credited "C.A." for building a market
and supplying the town with clean water.
C.A. Kamara-Taylor died in 1985.