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Anthony Fatayi-Williams: His Life, His Disappearance

Posted by BBC News on 2005/07/12 | Views: 1561 |

Anthony Fatayi-Williams: His Life, His Disappearance

Anthony Fatayi-William was last seen by friends at about 0830 BST at Camden Town Tube station.

He was on his way to work at Amec Offshore Services, near Liverpool Street station, but is thought to have taken an alternative route to work, via King's Cross, because of delays on the Northern Line.

His friend Amrit Walia said: "He has not contacted a single one of his friends and relatives since Thursday morning and his mobile phone is constantly on voicemail.

"He is usually very conscientious and would have called, if only to check everyone else was OK."

--BBC News


By Oke Epia

The web-site image of Ope Ogunbanjo, bearing the photograph of his missing 26 year old pal brings back the horrors of the nightmarish blasts that ripped through London last Thursday. Three days after the world woke up from the bad dream that it was, calls to his cell phone connects but to the recorded voice of the bright and promising Nigerian. For Anthony Fatayi-Williams, grand son of the famed Justice Fatayi-Williams, the search continues. But hope seems to be thinning out with each passing hour.

Whatever it is that may have steered his path to the United Kingdom, surely did lead him well. At least, until he boarded the No. 30 bus on his way to Oxford Circus as he reportedly told a friend on telephone. Because until that unfortunate terror blast, the young Fatayi-Williams was giving a good account of himself in that spartial realm Nigerians back home call Diaspora. He was an up-and-coming executive with Amec, an oil services firm of which he was so proud as shown in his profile in the company's web site. "The chance to work within such a forward looking company alongside a wide range of skilled, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly people," was William's answer to the question of why he chose to work with the oil firm.

That Williams, described as a vivacious fellow by friends did not respond to messages left on his voice mail seems to have only helped to stretch out the despair looming large on the faces of those who knew him. "He is usually very conscientous," Amrit Walia, one of his friends said in a web-site posting. "He would have called to check that everyone else was OK. His mother keeps on calling me from Lagos asking where he is."

This is how Rajeet Sahni, another of his friends, agonised about the missing chap: "Anthony is just such a fun, cool guy. We want to know if anyone has seen him in the area. We have tried every hospital in London well into the early hours, making hundreds of phone calls and want to hear from anyone who has seen him, particularly any survivors from the number 30 bus."

His mother may not know where her dear son is at the moment. But one thing she sure knows is that he is no longer sheltered in the Hendon, North-west London residence from where he would reach across the seas with his warm voice over the phone.

Dear mama and indeed, all people of goodwill can only wish the communication device would yield a dramatic and consoling ring this moment as anyone with information about the missing Nigerian has been asked to contact Mr Walia on 07814 029436 or 07793 811222. Hello, has anyone seen Anthony anywhere?

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