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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Potential Negative Social and Cultural Impacts that are Linked to Tourism in The Gambia



In this article, author and scholar, Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe identifies the potential negative social and cultural impacts that are linked to tourism development and consider the factors that determine the extent of these impacts in The Gambia and beyond.

He concludes the discourse by discussing how the social and cultural impacts can be managed effectively to ensure that tourism development adheres to the principles of sustainability.

NEGATIVE IMPACTS:

Potential negative socio-cultural impacts of tourism for The Gambia and neighboring communities include:

•conflict of interests
•pressure on limited resources
•resentment
•loss of cultural pride
•displacement of our youths to move overseas or go through the back-way
•crime and prostitution
•begging by children and child labour, etc.


We shall be discussing crime and prostitution and begging by children and child labor as major factors in The Gambia’s tourism industry. The negative social impacts of sex tourism can cause a feeling of resentment against the tourist within the host community. 

In areas that are dependent on tourism and where the economy relies on the income derived from it, negative attitudes of the host community towards tourists can undermine the quality of the tourists’ experience and the success of the destination. 
This resentment can also be increased by possible racial tensions if the tourists and 
the host population are from different racial backgrounds.

Resentment within the local community can also be caused by the behavior of the tourist, which can be seen as inappropriate or in breach of local customs and traditions. 
In The Gambia, for example, it introduces our youth to drugs and alcoholism; the cultural values of predominantly Western tourists do not always match the predominantly Islamic and Christian culture of the country. The consumption of alcohol in public, for example, and the tourists who stroll around the town in shorts and bikini tops, can cause offence to the people of the Gambia particularly young girls and put a strain on relations between ethics and tourism. Even though many tour operators advise tourists to cover up and respect local customs not all tourists follow these guidelines, which can then lead to discontent within the tourist destinations in The Gambia.

It has already been highlighted that tourism can increase local cultural pride, but tourism can also have the reverse effect and cause a feeling of inferiority in the host population. This is often the case when there is a big difference between the financial power of the tourist and the poor Gambians. Our local residents feel that they are objectified in front of the camera and that their culture is overly commercialized. A contributing factor to this loss of cultural pride is that the local population does not feel a part of tourism development and does not share in the benefits it brings: tourism development may be in the hands of foreign investors or large corporations, or the policy makers may not have consulted the locals in their decision making. To encourage a feeling of ownership and pride trough tourism development, community participation should be a key element of socially sustainable development.

According to a global report by World Tourism Organization, about 3 million people travel to exotic destinations across the globe while engaging in sex tourism. Unfortunately, this constantly growing phenomenon is mostly felt in regions that also top the charts as leading tourist destinations, including The Gambia, The Smiling Coast of Africa. In light of the above, The Gambia can also be eye marked as a major center as a flourishing sex tourism destination. Regrettably, the fundamental concept of leisure travel is sometimes wrongly perceived by a number of people whose travel objective is to engage in sexual activities with the ordinary Gambian women, men and children. It can either be voluntary, where the parties involved are aware and willing to engage, or - and in most cases - exploitative.

The complexity of this topic has sidelined it from being spoken about, a factor that has greatly contributed to the clandestine nature of sex tourism. Efforts to curb this culture especially along the coastal areas of The Gambia quite notable like Senegambia, have proved futile, with several factors being attributed to the failure. Sex tourism mostly takes place among people who are willing to pay for the service and those willing to trade their bodies for the cash. With thousands of jobless Gambian youths who are driven by poverty to make easy money, we should not expect this trend to change so easily but shouldn’t be also silent about it.
Poor are the young girls and boys who fall victims to greedy and devious individuals and organized criminals who trade them for sex. These children are usually between the ages of 13 and 18 years. The Gambian beach towns of Senegambia, Kololi, Bijilo and Bakau are vastly popular as leading destinations in sex tourism, notably dominated by the foreign Scandanavian market. It's no doubt that children remain the most affected by this illegal trade. National as well as international laws have therefore been put in place to protect the children, including the UNCRC, which states that children and young people have a right to protection from all kinds of abuse, including commercial sexual exploitation. However, challenges such as lack of proper law enforcement and the covert nature of the business continue to frustrate efforts to end this trend. Yet, among other measures, recent developments in online hotel booking systems may just be the elucidation to ending this craze. Phonography and hotel sex has been a very huge challenge to overcome in the Gambia.

Hopefully, with concerted efforts from concerned stakeholders and MoTC, sex tourism in The Gambia will once be an obsolete topic. Elimination of poverty and job creation among other contributors ought to be urgently addressed, failure to which more children will be lost to sex trade, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases will continue to rise and the picture of the country's tourism industry in general shall continue to be tainted amidst all the projected growth.


Victims

Victims of sexual exploitation usually come from vulnerable groups coming as far as inside the hinterland of The Gambia. They are children/ women who live in poverty, children from minority groups, street children, working children and children who are abused or neglected at home.

Consequences for the Gambian child
Sexual abuse and exploitation has major emotional, psychological, physical and social consequences for the victims. Abuse and exploitation are usually accompanied by physical and emotional violence, which lead to injuries, pain and fear. Victims also run a high risk of unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other STIs. In the long term, they have to deal with feelings of guilt, depression, trauma and low self-esteem. Victims often suffer from stigmatisation and are excluded from education. Child sex tourism has a negative impact on the health, well-being and the future prospects of children. Once involved in prostitution, it is extremely difficult to get out of it.

Consequences for the communities in the Gambia

Sexual exploitation of children does not only affect the child, it also has a disruptive impact on the entire community. If (child) prostitution is a major source of income, the entire community is at risk of HIV/AIDS and other STIs. The sector is also a magnet for crime and corruption. The (child) sex tourism image only appeals to a small target group. Tourism cannot develop optimally because the destination gets a bad reputation amongst tourists and investors. Sexual exploitation of children in tourism therefore undermines the development of sustainable tourism that helps bring prosperity.




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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Press Release from the Writers' Association of The Gambia (WAG)



The Office of The President of The Writers' Association of The Gambia (WAG).


Press Release Dated: Saturday August 31st , 2019

Press Release On The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Writers' Association of The Gambia (WAG)
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His Excellency President Alh. Dr. Cherno Omar Barry , The Founding Members of WAG and the newly elected Executive wish to inform the general public that its AGM for 2019 is slated for Saturday 7th September 2019 at Alliance Française from 3-5 pm.

The Writers' Association of The Gambia ​​(WAG) is calling for registration of new members for 2019-2020 academic year.

Since the new executive assumed office in April 2019 to date, the Association will be hosting its first Annual General Meeting ( AGM) on 7th September in order to officially reveal its three-year plan of action , membership and activity plan to a conglomeration of the entire WAG membership.


WAG has FOUR major upcoming activities in 2019:

1. Its AGM on 7th September 2019 in order to reveal its plan of action and activity-plan to the general membership,

2. Is organising on 27th September at American Corner, an Exhibition of Books and Reading in honor of late Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, first President of the Republic of The Gambia,

3. Is organising on 12 October 2019 a national stakeholder meeting to formulate a roadmap on the need for having a National Book Policy for the Gambia, and;

4. The WAG National Spelling Bee Competition for Lower Basic Schools slated for January 2020 on GRTS TV ( sponsors are invited).


We believe that literary awareness and interest should be cultivated at a young age. Let's promote a literary culture in the Gambia by joining WAG and paying our annual subscriptions of D2000 for executive members, and D500 for general members who've joined or wishing to join WAG.

Being a writer or even an aspiring writer also means joining the Writers' Association of your country.


We are calling on Gambian authors and scholars, and aspiring young writers everywhere to register with us; as we're currently working on a database of all Gambian writers and rebuilding our website.


We request you to kindly confirm your registration with the WAG Secretariat by obtaining a Membership Form at our office housed at NCAC Research and Documentation Unit, Directorate of Fine and Performing Arts and Department of Literature in Fajara, or at the NCAC office ( National Museum) in Banjul.


  For queries or/and questions; please contact:

Mr. Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe (ML Sowe), the Secretary General of WAG via email: modoulaminsowe1@hotmail.com; text or call: 7204117.


*Signed*:
Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe,
Secretary General,
WAG.





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Friday, August 30, 2019

Tribute to Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, first President of the Republic of The Gambia



It's only in the Gambia, I see that people celebrate you when you die and jealously fight you when you're alive. I see motivational and public speakers who don't acknowledge people's words when they use them and don't give credit or quote them in their speeches. I see people become writers for the sake of writing for 'presidential gains', or writers who haven’t written a single book.

I see musicians who don't actually know the art of music, rappers who don't make sense at all; comedians who can't make anyone laugh, I see people start what they cannot or had never finished. I see ministers who can't correctly address any public, leaders and directors without a vision, I see women working in offices they don't deserve at all. I see at last that the very moment one becomes a PS, or a Cabinet Minister; he marries second wife- or add more wives and forget his past.


What else do I see with my silent eyes anytime I join a commercial vehicle or go out, I see that what you study in school and what you end up becoming are not even the same. I see the River Gambia lacking fish and turtles living on land. I see hard working men and women who are very poor but very respectful and religious. I even noticed that it has been raining ever since the first President of the Republic of The Gambia, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara died.

I see the sick curing those well, I see potential youths who're jobless, I see teachers who can't teach and our education system dominated by foreign books and foreign teachers.

Ask me what else do I see, I see people mistake indecent dress code for awareness, I see police officers who don't know the law, I see that the culture I left here three years ago, is not the same at all. I see the culture of silence and silence then became the culture. I see women raped and their rights violated. I see what's absolutely wrong being considered very right.

And I see self-appointed journalists who don't know information is not only liberation. I see the blind leading the deaf, I see knowledgeable people who're silent with their wisdom, I see a nation without a fence and without citizens driving in the car of lost.

Finally, I realize that those we term knowledgeable don't actually know anything. A seed grows without a noise but a tree falls with a big noise. Destruction has noise but creation is silent. Before you try to put out a wildfire on a mountain, go and ask the hunter how it started.

 Like I said in my poetry book ( Temple of Wisdom), if you go to a country where people eat in their eyes, don't eat with your nose.

That's the power of  knowledgeable men living in the country of fools.

Written by Gambian born West African writer and scholar, Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe (ML Sowe). Secretary General of the Writers' Association of The Gambia and the founder of the Young Writers' Association of The Gambia.




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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The African Regional Meeting on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) organized by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) in partnership with UNESCO, held at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia From 30th – 31sr July, 2019




 The Participants at the African Regional Meeting on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages




SUMMARY OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE AFRICAN REGIONAL MEETING ON THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ( IYIL)

(Chaired by Dr Lang Fafa Dampha, Ag. Executive Secretary, ACALAN)
Speakers:
·         H.E. Ms Amira El Fadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission
·         Mr Yaya Sangaré, Minister of Communication (Mali)
·         Ms Ana Elisa Santana Afonso, Director and Representative of UNESCO Addis Ababa Liaison Office
·         Mr Yahya Al-Matarr Jobe, Deputy Permanent Delegate and Counselor, Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO and Representative of the Electoral Group of African Member States to the Steering Committee for the Organization of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (Gambia)
·         Mr Mohamed Handaine, President, The Indigenous Peoples of African Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), Director of the Center for Historical and Environmental Amazigh Studies, the President of the Confederation of Amazigh Associations in Southern Morocco, and Indigenous Member of the Steering Committee of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, (Morocco)
·         Ms Dorothy Gordon, Chair of UNESCO Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP)

The African Regional Meeting on the 2019 international Year of Indigenous Languages ( IYIL) was well attended by national, regional and international participants who represent their national governments, Indigenous leaders, Elders and Youth, Indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society, members of non-governmental organizations, academics and researchers, international cooperation organizations and youth from Africa region.
 The Master of Ceremonies, Gambian author and scholar Dr Lang Fafa Dampha, Ag. Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) under the auspices of the African Union (AU) in his introductory remarks welcomed the participants and thanked them for choosing to participate in the African Regional Meeting on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and highlighted the importance of formulating a draft document in the implementation of Resolution 71/178 of the United Nations General Assembly.
·        He raised the expectations of the participants as generally matched with the objectives of the four phases of the meeting. Expectations tended towards knowledge and effective participation of indigenous language speakers and UNESCO in the formulation of a draft document on the and a Strategic Action Document. He delved deeply in particular on the need for establishing a tentative roadmap towards achieving strategic objectives and expected impacts through the elaboration of a Global Strategic Outcomes Document. He indicated that the objectives of the meeting were on the same line with the vision of the founding fathers of the African Union, who believed in the promotion and the development of African languages;
·        He mentioned that languages are not only our first medium for communication but also are at the heart of each person’s unique identity, cultural history and memory;
·        The presenter mentioned that African union through ACALAN has been investing in both human and non-human resources so as to develop African languages with the view of empowering speakers and users;
·        Pointed out that ACALAN has been given the power of developing and promoting African languages alongside languages inherited from colonial power in the perspective of linguistic diversity and convivial multilingualism;



a.   Opening Remarks

·        Ms Ana Elisa Santana Afonso, Director and Representative of UNESCO Addis Ababa Liaison Office, in her welcoming remark tasked the participants to come up with a comprehensive strategic document that allowed for greater interaction and acknowledge a critical status of indigenous languages around the world. She welcomed the participants on behalf of the African Union and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Welcomed all the participants, including the representative of the Embassy of Ethiopia to the meeting. It has been indicated that everyone should get involved in the promotion and the development of indigenous languages as the description of these languages has always been a big challenge because the situation of the indigenous people is not the same in African countries; it has also been highlighted that African languages should be developed in order that they may be used in the domain of Arts, culture, music, administration and political domains as it is signaled in the agenda 2036. The presenter indicated the necessity of mobilizing adequate resources in order to develop and promote Indigenous languages; it is for this reason 700 events have already been registered for the sake of developing these languages. The presenter mentioned that a series of regional consultation has been carried out by UNESCO so as to identify indigenous languages and she mentioned that regional meeting would put together African views in order to revitalize indigenous languages;

Finally, the ACALAN Executive Secretary of ACALAN, Dr Lang Fafa Dampha put stress on the speech of the presenter by saying that the importance of the meeting was to raise the global awareness on the importance of the indigenous languages for sustainable development, peace-building and reconciliation for social welfare of Africa.


 Statement by the Deputy Permanent Delegate and Counselor, Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO and Representative of the Electoral Group of African Member States to the Steering Committee for the Organization of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (Gambia)







  Seated left in white is Dr Lang Fafa Dampha, Ag. Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) and seated in black suit is Hon.  Mr. Yahya Al-Matarr Jobe, the Deputy Permanent Delegate and Counselor, Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO and Representative of the Electoral Group of African Member States to the Steering Committee for the Organization of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (Gambia)



Honorable Yahya Al-Matarr Jobe, the Deputy Permanent Delegate and Counselor, Permanent Delegation of the Gambia to UNESCO and Representative of the Electoral Group of African Member States to the Steering Committee for the Organization of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (Gambia), in his opening remark reiterated on the establishment of the Steering Committee and stated that UNESCO invited its Member States to nominate a country from each regional group to be a member of this Committee. Hon Jobe revealed that Australia, Ecuador, Estonia, France, The Gambia and Saudi Arabia are the countries nominated as representatives of the Six UN socio-cultural regions. And said that Australia and France have been nominated the two Co-Chairs on behalf of the Member States. Hon. Jobe thanked UNESCO for its commitment and leadership in the implementation of the International Year of Indigenous languages 2019. He indicated that for the organization of the International Year 2019, a preparatory process for the elaboration of the action plan was launched in 2018, with the interest of all stakeholders and pointed out that for the establishment of the Steering Committee, UNESCO asked member states to nominate a country from each regional group to be in the committee. No one has been left behind. He informed the assembly about the ten Steering Meetings which have already been held, several awareness-raising as well as capacity building initiatives have already been carried out at different levels (regional, national and international).

Hon. Jobe who is the only African selected to represent the whole of Africa in the Global Steering Committee gave a major priority to The Gambia as the host country of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. He thereafter indicated that much progress has been made towards the elaboration of a global strategic outcome document that would set the path the development of long-term plan in policy making in the domain of indigenous languages; Informed the assembly about the endorsement of the proposal for proclaiming a decade of indigenous language;  He finally indicated that Gambia, together with other members of the steering committee will make all the efforts to support the possible endorsement of the outcome document at UNESCO Executive board, so as to bring further attention and mobilize stakeholders for the promotion and support of indigenous languages worldwide. 



Agreeing with us that not much has changed in the education curricular of Africa, Resolution 71/178 of the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYL 2019) and entrusted UNESCO as the United Nations specialised agency dealing with Education, Science and Culture to act as lead agency for the organisation of the year. 

The Gambian youths therefore have an important role to play in helping the education sector- by encouraging their peers to read and write in their mother-tongues, in order to preserve our rich African cultures and languages, widen their readership, and to promote the habit of reading among youths and marginalised groups. Once more people are seen reading African language books at home or in public places, school children and the youth, especially students would be attracted to reading African books.  In this anthology,  we will deal with the role of Gambian youths in the harmonization of Africa's many spoken languages and cultures,  in promoting an inclusive development, the future of the book as a cultural product, and the promotion of reading among youths. The THEME of the call is : ‘‘The Harmonization of Africa's Many Spoken Languages: The Role of Gambian Youths. ’’


Mr Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, Secretary General of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia at the Regional Meeting





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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Anthology Calls for Submissions 2019


Deadline: 15th August , 2019 .


The Writers' Association of The Gambia (WAG ) in collaboration with the American Corner Gambia are excited to announce citing from a very successful and ongoing Pen Your Own Book summer training on Creative Writing facilitated by award winning young Gambian author and scholar, Mr. Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, the Secretary General of the Writers' Association of The Gambia (WAG ), a call for submission to the anthology entitled ( NEVER AGAIN). 


The
 Call aims to sensitize the public through creative writing on the importance of reading and writing in the indigenous languages of the Gambia in order to draw fundamental attentions to a given set of problematic actions, national values and legal issues surrounding the Gambian youths, and drawing their attentions on the promotion of African languages and cultures. 
 Agreeing with us that not much has changed in the education curricular of Africa, Resolution 71/178 of the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYL 2019) and entrusted UNESCO as the United Nations specialised agency dealing with Education, Science and Culture to act as lead agency for the organisation of the year. 

The Gambian youths therefore have an important role to play in helping the education sector- by encouraging their peers to read and write in their mother-tongues, in order to preserve our rich African cultures and languages, widen their readership, and to promote the habit of reading among youths and marginalised groups. Once more people are seen reading African language books at home or in public places, school children and the youth, especially students would be attracted to reading African books.  In this anthology,  we will deal with the role of Gambian youths in the harmonization of Africa's many spoken languages and cultures,  in promoting an inclusive development, the future of the book as a cultural product, and the promotion of reading among youths. The THEME of the call is : ‘‘The Harmonization of Africa's Many Spoken Languages: The Role of Gambian Youths. ’’


The Rules and Submission Guidelines:

For the Anthology

  • The work must not have previously appeared in print anywhere.  (Yes, this includes electronic forms.)  We do utilize a plagiarism checker to verify if a work has been in print before, and we do report plagiarism.
  • All submissions must be written in the indigenous languagues of the Gambia, or in English. Please use Americanized English (example: Color not colour).
  • In dialog, quotation marks must be double and not single marks (example: “You must be joking.” would be correct, ‘you are not joking’ would be incorrect as we are an American Corner. )
  • Each author can submit only (1) unique work for this anthology. 
  • The submission should include a head-shot in .jpg format. Preferably in 300 dpi as we publish in print and electronic editions.
  • A bio of 150 words is required.
  • Works must be in Microsoft Word or RTF, double-spaced, 12-point font, with one-inch margins. Our acquisitions team would be grateful if you used a simple font such as Times New Roman.
  • Poems must not exceed 30 lines for poetry works, and 1500 words for short stories.
  • Only registered participants for the Pen Your Own Book summer training on Creative Writing are entitled to make submissions to this call.


In this anthology, we're looking for short stories or poems that explore the naughty side of an affair with your boss in work places, sexual harassment, the issues of rape in present Gambia and how young girls are being affected. 
We are looking for a unique take on how LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND UNITY can be used as reconciliation tools to eloquently address these issues. 
Submissions of both short stories and novellas to this anthology are welcome, please keep in mind the minimum word count is 500 and the maximum word count is 1500. And for poetry, the minimum word count is 14 and the maximum word count is 30 lines. 
This anthology is a great opportunity to showcase emerging young Gambian writers and allow them to build their professional platforms.

Submit your best work.  We will be doing light editing as necessary to fit the standards we strive to maintain.

All contributing authors will receive a free copy of the book in hard copy and softcover.  Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform. However, in the event of marketing the book globally; this will be seriously put into consideration.

Should you have any queries, please contact the EDITOR; Mr Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe on +2207204117 or email: 
modoulaminsowe1@hotmail.com 

Or 
Reach out to Mr Modou Lamin Ceesay on :

+2203181344 or 

email: Muhammedlaminceesay45@gmail.com





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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Introducing Aji Ndumbeh Jobe: Emerging Voices from The Gambia

This week on The Voice of The Pen, we are introducing one of the most prolific emerging female voices from the Gambia.


  Aji Jobe, alias Aji Ndumbeh Jobe, or IG Jobe is a poet, spoken word artist and writer, born in Banjul on 15 December 1998, grew up in Bakoteh, the Gambia and currently resides in Lamin village.



She is a co-author of The Voice of The Pen, a literary blog for fans of Gambian and African literature. She's passionate about feminism and the study of Africa’s formal contributions to the advancement of women's participation in decision making and literature. 


She is the  current vice president of the Gambia College Students' Union, a member of Literary Club Gambia, and also the newly elected  Assistant PRO of the Young Writers' Association of The Gambia (YWAG). She is notable as a poet and satirist with right-wing libertarian tendencies.



Aji is working on launching her first spoken word album, titled “The Eye of The Pen” which is due to be launched in September, 2019.


Ndumbeh has always been one of the funniest, smartest, gutsiest poets in the Gambia, but her poems set a new standard. They're a spectacular explosion of comic daring, cultural provocation, brilliant, hilarious poetry, and genuine heart. Her weirdly poignant originality knocks the stuffing out of right-thinking solemnies and she delivers droll wisdom besides which the most elevated rants.




 You can click on this link to follow Aji on Facebook:


https://www.facebook.com/aji.jobe.35




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Friday, July 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COMMUNITY OF GAMBIAN WRITERS AND SCHOLARS


THE THREE YEAR ACTIVITY PLAN OF THE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF THE GAMBIA (WAG)

The Writers’ Association of The Gambia has received donation of 147 books from the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) on Wednesday, 12th June 2019. As the new executive embark on a courtesy call to various stakeholders in the country on a Book-A-Child nationwide tour to schools and institutions, we are equally aware, with much concern, the poor results in the WAEC examinations as well as the huge number of students coming out of the different levels of our education system, facing huge challenges to integrate in the work of life. 

Our mandate is to sensitize Gambian children and students in particular, on the importance of reading and writing in our society. Our courtesy calls give us the opportunity to share with the stakeholders what contributions we wish to make, including networking and other activities geared towards attaining an affordable, relevant and quality education for all, supporting children improve their writing and learning skills by creating the environment for reading and solving the problems of poor readership in the country.  As observed, our mission is promoting a literary culture in The Gambia.


The Association has elected, on 27 April 2019 at the Alliance Francaise, a new executive. The 11-member executive is largely composed of youths who have amply demonstrated energy and enthusiasm to serve the association and help support their brothers and sisters in schools to improve their English both in writing and reading.


The WAG membership forms can be obtained at the NCAC Research and Documentation Unit in Fajara ( behind the GT Bank, opposite the US Embassy ), to be given to interested members for free provided that they're willing to pay/ have paid their annual contributions of D2000 for old members, and a registration fee of D500 to be paid by new members wishing to register with the Association. 

The Association has so far paid courtesy calls to the following institutions/stakeholders:

Hon. Hadrammeh Sidibeh,  honorable Minister, Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS),

Mr. Hassoum Ceesay, Director General of National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC);

Ms. Fumiko Nagano, Chief of Mission the International Organization for Migration Gambia Office (IOM);

Were 5 times hosted on the AM Show on GRTS; and then;

Recently had an audience with the Country Director of ChildFund International The Gambia, Mrs. Musu Kuta Komma.


The Association is organizing a consultative workshop in August 2019 in order to present a roadmap for having a national strategy for reading and writing.

 We wish to express our profound gratitude to the Director General and management and staff of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for their generous support and partnership. 

We are happy to inform the general public that we will be participating in 2019 African Writers Conference and awards scheduled for September 28th, 2019, at the Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. We will also be soon announcing our Panel of Judges for the 2020 Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize for Gambian Literature.


The executive members of WAG are:

  1. President: DR. CHERNO OMAR BARRY
  2. Vice President: MR. MUSA BAH  (THA SCRIBBLER)
  3. Secretary General: MR MODOU LAMIN SOWE (AGE-ALMUSAF)
  4. Assistant Secretary General: MR. KEBBA MAMBURAY
  5. Treasurer: MRS. RAMATOULIE O OTHMAN
  6. Assistant Treasurer: MS. BINTOU SANNEH
  7. PRO: MR. EBRIMA S. BAH
  8. Assistant Pro: MR. ESSA BAH
  9. Book Production and Promotion Secretary: MR. YAYA SILLAH
  10. Copyright Secretary: MS. ROHEY SAMBA
  11. Young Writers’ Association of The Gambia representative: MR. SAIDOU ANNA IBN AHMAD

The new executive have reviewed the constitution of the ASSOCIATION and present a Three Year Plan of Action to allow members decide on their mandate, the membership participation and other relevant matters. The Plan of Action of the Association include activities geared towards supporting children improve their writing skills by creating the environment for reading. 


These activities are as follows:

  1. The Dr. Lenrie Peters Memorial Prize (LPMP): The Peters Literary Award Night is to be held the 1st Saturday of May every year ( started in 2019; and 22 Gambian writers were awarded), 


  1. The Banjul Writer's Residency ( BWR): To be held on the Last Saturday of October Every Year ( starting  2020);
  2. World Book and Copyright Week Celebrations: To be held once every year in April;
  3. The Kunta Kinteh International Book Festival ( KKIBF): To Be jointly organized by WAG and the Gambia National Library every year on the first week of September ( starting 2020); and the;

  4. National Spelling Bee Competition: The WAG Annual Spelling Bee will be held in January every year. (starting 2020).



Secretariat, The Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG)






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