Language is indispensable in the preservation of culture and cultural identities and offers a window into the past. “Gorr baah na jiguen baah na.” this common saying that has found its way into everyday musical lyrics, literally means that being good is not determined by one’s gender. We find similar sayings within the Jali traditions… Continue reading Dear Gambian Feminists
What are you fighting for!
When you have a deep seated conviction, you don't get swayed. You recognize that what you suffer for is bigger than yourself. Others may not recognize that because it is in conflict with their interests so they will stand in your way. Not physically, but they will talk down at you, they will ridicule you,… Continue reading What are you fighting for!
Values and identity; what constitutes society?
We have all been there, moments when you felt out of place within a certain group, moments when you felt that you were looked at differently or even questioned about something you did, why you did it the way you did it, why you prefer certain things, why you eat certain foods, why you dress… Continue reading Values and identity; what constitutes society?
The Powder Keg
Facebook post from 2019 From Faraba to Tanene; Diya to Jambur; and from Gunjur/Berending to now Sukuta/Salaji; Kombo is full of flashpoints and the land issue is headed in one direction only, unless the government acts with prudence. As alarming as the prospects may seem, we need to face reality and admit that unrest came… Continue reading The Powder Keg
Imposition – the European Union’s value imposition on Africa
Africa has a million problems, multiply that by the prevalence of inept leadership and you have a billion problems but being gay is not one of them. In African culture, until very recently, (last two decades) public display of affection, even between married couples is awkward at best if not laughed at mockingly or viewed… Continue reading Imposition – the European Union’s value imposition on Africa
What is Senegal’s end goal in The Gambia – Part II
With Yaya Jammeh ousted and The Gambia now saddled with an even more inexperienced and naïve president elected in 2016, Senegal can play its cards right this time around; right under the unsuspecting nose of Barrow who was first sworn in as president at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. Adama Barrow is presenting Senegal with… Continue reading What is Senegal’s end goal in The Gambia – Part II
What is Senegal’s end goal in The Gambia – Part I
What is factual and will always remain true is that the two strips of land on either side of the majestic river Gambia are of indispensable strategic importance to Senegal. Having those two strips of land being a different independent sovereign entity that divide your country into two is a nuisance that any nation would… Continue reading What is Senegal’s end goal in The Gambia – Part I
Separation of religion and state, misunderstood?
Separation of church (religion) and state is a very common phrase that is never far from political discourse. Despite its ubiquitous use, it is a very highly misunderstood phrase, if not the most misunderstood phrase. Like everything else around us, the phrase has an origin. As far as modern political discourse goes, its origin is… Continue reading Separation of religion and state, misunderstood?
What does Barrow really have to offer?
No one deserves to have their character be defined by a single incident, be that good or bad. A person cannot be deemed to a be a good person because they did a singular act of goodness nor can they be labeled as bad because they made a bad decision at some point. But when… Continue reading What does Barrow really have to offer?
Secular or non-secular; much ado about nothing
The premise of the argument is that The Gambia has taken on a Muslim identity in its culture and state affairs. To allay the fears of the Christian minority, the Gambia Christian Council is advocating for the insertion of the word ‘secular’ in the new constitution currently in draft thereby declaring The Gambia a secular… Continue reading Secular or non-secular; much ado about nothing