Solo Sandeng In 1995 in front of the American embassy, members and sympathizers of the PPP staged a demonstration against the actions of the military junta. They paid a heavy price for it. Open protest against any action of the Jammeh government would not be staged again, no matter how peaceful. That was until April… Continue reading Solo Sandeng, the martyr
We can't even get the basics right. You'd think that by now, 56 years later, we would all agree on some basic foundational truths as to who we as as a people, but even that is a challenge we can't overcome. Everyone has his/her own versions of what it means to be independent or when… Continue reading What do we have to celebrate?
America turned a new chapter on January 20th, 2021 with the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America. It is fair to say that the world watched as he took his oath of office and delivered his inaugural speech. For some of us, it was a day filled… Continue reading The relentless search for a culprit
Watching Hon. Sidia Jatta’s interview aired on The Fatu Network on 01/17/2021, one thing stood out to me, amongst many things. To be clear, I have no qualms about him or anyone else advocating for a proper understanding of the role of a modern day elected leader or president. Like Hon. Jatta, many have advocated… Continue reading Mansaya
Politics of patronage; who's to blame! The people saw the need for a government to run their affairs; a few men presented themselves as capable and trustworthy enough to be tasked with running such government in the interest of all. Based on shared values of being raised to uphold honesty, integrity and sincerity, the people… Continue reading
Celebratory President Barrow with some of his minions Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at a few minutes past 4 PM Gambian time, a handful of elected representatives sworn to serve the interest of the people who elected them, connived with a greedy executive under the leadership of Adama Barrow to subvert the will of the Gambian… Continue reading Change deferred; a nation’s hopes betrayed
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
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!
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?
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