One of the country’s decorated media personalities John Adifaka Jr was laid to rest today after a moving funeral service at the St Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara.
Late John, 51, was not only a legendary broadcaster but also a brilliant musician whose affinity with music started at his teenage years at Koloale.
His life was narrated like an open book where his sister Miriam detailed her brother’s journey from his early school days’ to owning his dreamed radio station, Barava FM. A first born of four, late John spent most of his career in radio, ascending from a sales executive to managing his own radio station.
One of his former school-mates at KGVI, Lily Lomulo, also reflected on the once tall boy who arrived from Selwyn College after just a year there following the destruction of cyclone Namu to becoming one of their most popular colleagues. She comprehensively summarized John’s talents as a musician and his leadership qualities whilst at KGVI. Many years later John was the glue that held the class of 85 together that successfully embarked on one of KGVI’s biggest projects—the wash bay now enjoyed by the current students at the state owned school.
He was not only an outstanding leader at school. Music was part of his life. After school, late John’s music prowess were noticed enabling him to team up with some of the big names then in the industry. Barnabas Henson AKA Banzie led the tribute. Henson recalled his early days as a musician playing along side late John and his matchless skills as a bass guitarist. His tribute unearthed a lot of details on late John’s love for music and his place in music folklore.
His four children, two boys and two girls, led by his first born Chris, each took turn to pay tribute to their late father describing him as their role and the bedrock in their lives.
Late John was laid to rest in his residential area at Ngossi, East Honiara.
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