Nadaline Mahala was born on the 15th of August 1956 to Raymond Sarif and Esther Suzanne Easmon in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She entered the world at 5:10am by her father Raymond who insisted on being both doctor and midwife to his wife at the birth of 5 of their six children. There were numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all visiting 31 Bathurst Street where all the children learnt about hospitality. Nadaline’s gift for hospitality began right here where there were two big dining tables one for adults and one for children – always a place for one more at the table!
Nadaline as a child was thin and was fondly called “tengewuleh” by family members. she attended Regents Square Municipal School which was just down the road from the family home. She spent a couple of years there before attending her aunt’s school - Leone Preparatory School. In 1967, she entered the Annie Walsh Memorial School after passing her Selective Entrance exam. She spent 7 years at the school and then went to Fourah Bay College in 1974, graduating in three years with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Always wanting to teach, she then did her Diploma in Education and on completion taught at her alma mater the Annie Walsh School for a brief while.
She later took a course in adult education at Fourah Bay College and upon completion, served as a consultant and researcher for the Sierra Leone Prisons Department, the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone and the European Union. Due to her compassionate nature, her interest in community and people development was heightened, and she became a strong advocate for disenfranchised and destitute people. She brought a lot of attention and resources into the Kroo Bay and Sawpit slum areas in Freetown. She was an active member of Saint Augustine’s Church Hill Station and a member of the church committee for many years.
In March 1976, she made the most important decision of her life – the one that brought her into the kingdom of God. She was led to the Lord by Reverend Mike Oye at an Easter Retreat. This meant that her purpose in life became clearly defined and she never looked back. Nadaline was very passionate about her new found relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ. She was never a silent witness and wherever she went, she was eager to share the Gospel. Because of this, she led many to faith in Christ. It was this passion for God and His Kingdom that led her to leave her comfort zone in Freetown for Harford School in Moyamba where she taught for over 3 years.
Nadaline’s new found faith in Christ in 1976, altered not only the direction of her life, but opened up new relationships that will last for eternity. The same year that she found Christ, she met the man that would become her husband of 31 years. After a six year courtship, Nadaline and I got married on January 2nd, 1982 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. That was the start of a 31 year journey that took us to Liberia, Kenya and the United States of America.
Whilst in Kenya, she developed a passion for counseling and this led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The International Leadership University (formerly Nairobi International School of Theology). She counseled at The Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Nairobi, and was one of a few select trauma counselors recruited by the Kenyan and US governments in the aftermath of the 1998 US Embassy bombings. She was instrumental in the creation and development of a prayer initiative for Youth for Christ Africa called Operation Hannah, which grew into an effective program that recruits and mobilizes women to pray for their children.
Nadaline raised, mentored and educated several surrogate children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya and the US, many of who now hold significant leadership positions around the world.
Nadaline Osman will be remembered by her family and friends for her passion for God, zest for life and love for family. She was devotedly passionate about prayer, spending several hours daily lifting up others before the throne of grace. Her smile and laughter were contagious, always cheering others up. She will be especially remembered for her ability to laugh at herself, often laughing at imitations of her done by her children. She was able to touch several lives outside her own family. She was simple yet sophisticated, humble yet dignified, unassuming yet very well informed. She had a quiet but assertive personality. She was extremely caring, loving and sensitive to all within her sphere of influence. She had an obsession for orderliness and cleanliness, and a knack for transforming ordinary surroundings into a palace. She was unassuming, unpretentious and genuinely humble. She was a woman of class and distinction and was uniquely endowed with many special gifts by God. The effect of Nadaline’s life and legacy is summed up in this American Indian saying; “when you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice”.
Nadaline Mahala, we thank God for your life and we celebrate you and your legacy. Rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus; sleep and take your rest; and see you later on that glorious resurrection morning!!!!!