Harriet James\u00a0@harriet86jim On Saturday November 23, 1996, renowned photojournalist, Mohamed Amin and his fellow journalist and business colleague Brian Tetley, were on their way home from a business trip in Addis Ababa. Little did they know that they would not reach their destination. The plane had been hijacked by three young men seeking political asylum, and due to their conflicting commands, the plane ran out of fuel and crashed off Comoros Island. Mo, as he was popularly referred to was trying to negotiate with them to release the hostages. \u201cAt the time of the crash, I was at the gym while my mum and wife were at home. One of my friend\u2019s called my mum and asked her to check the news as there was a plane crush. Dad was supposed to come back on that day, so we knew that he was on that plane,\u201d narrates Salim Amin, Mo\u2019s only son. Together with his father\u2019s business partner Duncan Willets, Salim rented a plane together with his father\u2019s partner to Comoros Island to look for him. He was hopeful throughout the five and a half flight that he would be reunited with his father. Little did he know that the last dinner that he had with him, just before he went on the business trip would be the last. An exclusive photo the late Mohamed Amin took after securing access to a makeshift refugee camp in the northern town of Korem, a previously restricted hunger-stricken area in Somalia. Photo\/COURTESY \u201cWhen I identified his body at the Comoros, it hit me that he was not going to be around. And that was a very difficult time,\u201d he says\u00a0 In a career spanning four decades, Mo had covered almost every major news story in Africa. For him, getting a story was not just a goal, but an obsession. From Idi Amin\u2019s brutal regime, to Tom Mboya\u2019s assassination, to the 1984 Ethiopian hunger that placed him on a pedestal of prominence, Mo won awards, and moved the world to do the one thing he loved. Sadly, at just 53, he was among 153 people who perished in the accident, including the hijackers. Salim was just 26 years old then and he inherited his father\u2019s home and Camerapix, the company he built from scratch to become one of Africa\u2019s largest media houses.\u00a0 Making the documentary \u201cThough I worked with my father, he handled most of the details pertaining to the company. I sometimes see his ghosts haunting me asking me what I\u2019ve done to his business so far. I wish I spent more time with him. I wish I took a little more interest and maybe proved myself more to him, but no regrets,\u201d he says. \u00a0Salim didn\u2019t know his father well until he made the famous documentary on him, Mo and Me. As he narrates, it was a three-year journey of going back and learning about him. \u201cMy whole office is like his shrine. We have a cross given by Pope John Paul II to him, Idi Amin\u2019s epaulette, a wooden curving of an eagle that used to live in Idi Amin\u2019s living room, a lot of his awards, and one of his prosthetic arms as he had two, with one acting as a spare. For me it\u2019s a source of constant inspiration,\u201d Says Salim \u00a0 Born in 1970, Salim\u2019s passion for photography began when he was just five years old. His photos of the safari rally were first published in the Times magazine. His father never wanted him to become a photo journalist or a journalist and desired that he gots a real job. But journalism was something that was in Salim\u2019s heart and after high school, he went to Vancouver, Canada for his university and studied a degree in journalism and started working for his father in 1992.\u00a0 \u201cIt was very rare that he was around. He would travel like nine months a year, but the time he was around we would have a great time. Late Mohamed Amin. We had a great relationship. My best memories are of covering the rally and doing wildlife photography and filming with him during Easter,\u201d says Salim. But even during the holidays and with the little time that he spent with his family, the workaholic Mo would still be waking up at 2am or 3am in the morning to do his paper work. This is where Mo and his son differed in personality. While they both wanted to get things done, Mo was extremely driven and his work was far important than anything else. His son though, is motivated and though he loves his job, his family is the most important thing in his life.\u00a0 Though the two had a great relationship, the father of two admits that his father was tough on him when it came to work. This is because Mo didn\u2019t want to be seen that he was favouring his son and Salim would find himself doing more work just to impress his father. Consequently, this made Salim crave for his father\u2019s attention and approval on many things as he was never around. \u201cI wanted him to tell me that I was doing a good job in a lot of things, but he was miserly with his praise for anybody and, especially me because he didn\u2019t want me to have a big head. I wish he had told me more about the business and looking after it, because I was very young when he passed away and didn\u2019t really know the ropes as he kept everything close to himself, probably\u00a0 because, I think, he felt that he had more time,\u201d he narrates.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Salim was thrown into the deep end and had to learn about the business by himself as he went along. He worked even harder after his father passed on, and the desire to make him proud consumed his life. \u201cCarrying on his legacy has been a privilege and I\u2019ve never felt the weight of it. People never thought that I was going to amount to much. Photo moment with former South African president Nelson Mandela during an official vist to Kenya. Photo\/COURTESY It\u2019s kind of nice to be able to continue with my father\u2019s legacy and hopefully, I will be able to take it to a couple of levels up,\u201d he says. Siblings \u201cAnother difference between my dad and I is that we lived in different ages, and it affects how we do business,\u201d he says. Technology was different and Mo was pretty much a monopoly in covering Africa. Currently, everyone is doing news and it\u2019s not business doing news anymore. This consequently made the company adapt and change as well as he had to detach the company from his personality. \u201cThe company was so much linked to his name, so we\u2019ve had to reestablish it so that it can still continue even though he isn\u2019t around. I think this is a lesson of how important photojournalism and journalism is. My dad showed what difference good journalism can make and how we can change the world,\u201d he explains. Camerapix has presently expanded to A24 and his library is the largest resource of its kind in Africa. With four million still images and 8,000 hours of film and footage, it charts the history of the continent from the 1960s. There is also a journalism and film school. And so far almost 200 students have graduated from the school and many have become great in their fields.\u00a0 Although Salim\u2019s sisters are also passionate about this generational gift, they have followed different paths; they are both in the university where one is studying to become a lawyer while the other is pursuing international business and is also passionate about speech therapy and working with children with disability.