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Freedom is never easily won, but once established, freedom lasts, spreads and chokes out tyranny.   - Trent Lott

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Trust Launches The Gambia’s First Escrow Service  - NiaNia Touray  Gambia................................more

Prudent Trust Company Limited is a
PrivateInvestment Management firm specializing...............
..more

Maafanta Interview With NDT

We caught up with Prudent Trust Co-founder Niania Dabo Touray on vacation in DC. And again , it 's all about Prudent! - She spoke to Fatou Jaw Manneh a little bit about herself and her company.......................more 

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Petition by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Petition to Disinvite Gambian President Yahya Jammeh
We the undersigned are Citizens and Friends of The Gambia. We call on President Obama to rescind the invitation to Yahya Jammeh for the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC from August 4-6, 2014..............................more

I read Pharmacy for one year at Uppsala University and later proceeded to read Bio-medicine and Public Health.......more

BREAKING OMERTÀby Jainaba Bah, Sweden..........more

BREAKING OMERTÀ – PART II:

by Jainaba Bah, Sweden...........more

BREAKING OMERTÀ: (Part III) 

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)................more



BREAKING OMERTÀ:

In Response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article (Part III)

Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

This article is dedicated to Abdoulaye Wopa Krubally. Wopa, the abandoned one! May your soul rest in perfect peace! Aameen!........................more

 

BREAKING OMERTÀ -  PART IV: In response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article.   By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)..............more


BREAKING OMERTÀ - PART V:

In response to Modou Sarho’s (Dumo) Last Balang Baa Article.

By Jainaba Bah (Sweden)

Recent dramatic events have made me consider whether it is worth continuing this narrative. The unknown fate of Imam Baba Leigh, the spine chilling revelations of Bai Lowe on Freedom .................................................more

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013

By Jainaba Bah, Sweden.................more

 

The Joke That is “Françafrique” Independence

by Saul Saidykhan

An abused people – be it a country or nation, have two un-enviable faults in common with..........more

 

OMERTA SERIES

by Lamin J Darboe

In Response to Alfa Jallow on the Jainaba Bah “Breaking Omerta” series...........more

Fatou Sagnia Proudly displays banner, New York demonstrations

Imam Baba Leigh New York protest

Aminata and I

By: Fatou Sagnia, New York

January 23, 2013 was the coldest day of the year in New York, with wind chills hovering around zero degrees. In recent history, this was quite a record of sorts for the Big Apple. It seemed, however, almost prophetic that our protest for the release of a man of God would fall on such a day..........................................more

Never be afraid of the qualities that set you apart. Don't consider shrinking to fit in with others...Don't court other's acceptance, rise up to your full height. Swell out and take up your due space...Beware of the 'imposter syndrome',this is incredibly common and is utterly disastrous for your moral and ability to perform at your best. Whoever you are don't ever short-change yourself in your own self-appraisal. Don't ever fall short, hike up the extra inches...Success doesn't thrive on self-doubt, whether you are running the show or planning to , what's required is confidence, courage and the ability not to give a damn about what people thinks of you...Just be you and stand tall. !!! --

Rohey Yata Smith, Manchester, UK







 

 

 

 

WHEN WILL HE......
by Aisha Saidy
When will he............more

Sigga Jagne of STGDPInterview  with Pa Nderry Mbaye
Click here

Chris Sukuna, Secetary, Save The Gambia Democracy Project (STGDP)

Carrie Janneh , Maafanta.com

Operation Girls Catch Yaya

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

 (maafanta archives - 2010).................more


Halipha can't you see?
by Fatou Jaw Manneh...........more

Fatou Jaw Manneh, Publisher ,maafanta.com

I am Gambian
by Fatou Jaw Manneh.......more 

Senegal You Make Us Proud
by Fatou Jaw Manneh.........more 

Happy Birthday Mr. President

by Fatou Jaw Manneh....more 
Thank you all  for signing the
petitionIt has and is reaching all
targets. Thank you all so much
Please sign
Stop Gambian
President Yaya
Jammeh Now
ADD YOUR NAME signon.org......more

"Like all  egomaniacs, he is
the opposite of greatness.
He is a petty, aggrieved, insecure, venal, paranoiac, pernicious,

depraved, intolerant, crass, corrupt, deceptive, dishonest, avaricious,
intemperate, dishonorable,
untrustworthy, misinformed, semiliterate, inarticulate, thuggish,
malcontent, violent, tribalist,
lying little man. Someone needs
to tell him that the Holy Quran is not
for carrying around."
- Foday Samateh   on Yaya Jammeh

The Circle of Life 

By Momodou Ndow, California
.............
more

A Blueprint for a Post-Jammeh Gambia   -  by Dr.Abdoulaye  Saine

IntroductionYahya Jammeh's decision to carry out nine death sentences of forty-seven death-row  inmates on August 26, 2012, is outrageous! It is simply senseless! But Jammeh's rule and decisions have hardly made sense to most right-thinking individuals........more

THE JAMMEH REGIME: BLIND PATRIOTISM AND THE WILLFULLY IGNORANT - by Ousainu Mbenga, Wash, D.C....more

Baba Aidara, Publisher Hellogambia.com

Gunjur Diaspora Alkao Michael Scales

Tom Tom Rhodes (CPJ)

East Africa Consultant 

Nickname: Toubaa Sanchaba

We should attack Yaya
Jammeh from all
fronts 
saysSenegalese
NGOs and  SENEGALESE
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS
.........................................
more

"Africa needs a new type of
citizen: A dedicated, modest,
honest, informed man and woman
who submerge self in service
to the nation and mankind.
A man and woman who abhor greed and detest vanity. A new type of man
and woman whose humility is his
and her strength and whose integrity is his and her greatness" -
Nkrumah.

Culture and Customs   of Gambia by  Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

Gambian News Online/Resources/Funstuff

These sites bring you all the news you need to know from the Gambia.

freedomnewspaper.com

hellogambia.com

gainako.com

thegambiaecho.com

senegambianews.com

thegambianbanker.comafricac.org

Thagambiadispatch

TheGDProject


These sites are very important to us. 

We get some news and inspiration from them.

The Oped Project

The Huffington Post

Confusedeagle.livejournal.com

Greatwomenspeakers.com

Allafrica.comIWMFAfricac.org


STGDP

CPJ

IFJ

BBC

Amnesty International

Gambian constitution

AU Charter

UN Charter

Human Rights Watch

For all the funstuff and Extraswww.funnyjunk.comwww.

howstuffworks.com

African Princess Rohey Yata Smith












Ndey Jobarteh Business Development Manager, Africa i Genkey AS, fra Gambia ...............more

The story of an African dictator that was once a hero (The Mugabes and the Gaddafis')  

by Fatoumatta Sanyang (YoungAfrica) 

Dictatorship is not a foreign concept in Africa. That being said, there are a lot of ...........more

The New Gambia – Nothing but the truth so help me God!

By Momodou Ndow

Just to clarify, I don’t have any affiliation with a Gambian political party nor do I have a political hat to throw into the political ring, but what I do have is my Gambian birth certificate, and I can supply an army of witnesses to corroborate these claims......................................more

The Cost of Africa’s Inferiority Complex (1) 

By Honourable Saka

According to one estimate, African girls of today spend more money on fashion than what they spend on books and food combined.......more

Six Pillars of Character

T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship

“Seven Deadly Sins
Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

THE LEGACY OF SATANG  JOBARTEH


A person may be measured by his or her talents while he or she lives and by his or her friends when he or she dies. ...............more

A New Book on The Gambia to be released this month

A new book on The Gambia, State and Society in The Gambia Since Independence: 1965-2012 will be released shortly. Published by the USA based Africa World Press, this massive volume (686 pages) is edited by Professor Abdoulaye Saine, Drs Ebrima Ceesay and Ebrima Sall.........................more

GrandMa Sirreh hosting the Maafanta Impressive People of 2012 awards.  

The Maafanta Impressive People Of The Year Awards. And the winners   Areeeeeeeee........

.................more

 

The names are in alphabetical order: 

Bayo, Sheikh Sidia – head of CNTG

Bojang-Sissoho, Amie – Programme officer ...............................................more

by D.A.Jawo

President Yaya Jammeh of Gambia:

Maafanta's worst person of the year. He makes gambian citizens cry everyday.

“Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”James Bryant Conant (1893-1978); Chemist, Educational Administrator


Business Dreamers

 - Ansu Saho, Indonesia..................more

Maafanta Awards. I Am Thrilled!

-  Jainaba Bah

Dear Fatou!

I would like to seize the occasion and wish all Maafanta's readership a much rewarding year!
Congratulations for being the first Gambian woman to give our people a platform where they can have a voice of their own, without fear or intimidation. In my book you are No. 1. You deserve a warm applause!
I am much thrilled and humbled by the award I received from Maafanta.People, sometimes say they don't deserve awards they are given, when they don't mean it.Whatever the motivation behind this one, I happily accept it and I am content. 
Thank you for jump-starting my year with such a thrilling experience.
Simply Amazing!
Best wishes/Jai

Happy New Year Maafanta!

Dear Sister Fatou,

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcoming 2013, I wish to convey a special message of togetherness in this little struggle of ours.......................more


“Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”   ― Criss Jami

Falling on Fertile Grounds: the rise of drug-trafficking and the role of CSOs in West Africa

Afia Asare Kyei is the Law, Justice and Human Rights Programme Manager at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) .....................more




"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela 

Dear Sister Fatou,

I send this Happy New year greetings to you,family and working mates at Maafanta in the name of our Banjul community organisation.Your solidarity and support to our organisational initiative and community which happened to be the capital of the Gambia is an example that will be recounted when the history of our efforts will be written in the future.May the new year bring with it the best for you ,family and friends.You are following on the glorious path in the history of the best of our African Women Ancestors.
Provisional Chairman , Pappa Ousman Alieu Jeng
..............................................................................
Thanks Papa Jeng. Banjul is our Nation's capital. It's upkeep is our collective responsibility. 
Thanks for the initiative!!! - Fatou

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. 

Anita Roddick 





 

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

By Pumza Fihlani

BBC News, Johannesburg .............more

Pa Malick Faye and international protection

by Lamin J Darbo ,UK

Since his sudden and unceremonious dismissal as Managing Director, Pa Malick Faye (Pa Malick) must have been dealing with the acute conundrum of the lie he lived all these years as a staffer of the pro-government Daily Observer (DO) newspaper.......................more

CULTIVATING 

SENE - GAMBIA : 

A NATION OF THINKERS      

By: Ousainou Mbenga

The process to cultivate such an honorable nation must not be confined to the isolated and narrow nationalist notion of the untenable “54 Africas” that plague and undermine the struggle to liberate and unite Africa..................more

PROOF! SOURSOP FRUIT KILLS CANCER.

Raymond Kirlew, Yvonne Kirlew of Discovery Bay, St Ann, and Florida radio host Dr Dennis Grant, hold leaves and a soursop from the soursop tree behind them....................................more

What Happened to Banjul? - 

My Story - Part II

By Momodou Ndow

A city is a relatively dense and permanent settlement. They were initially formed as central places of trade for the benefit of citizens living in close proximity to each other. Such form of living facilitates all sorts of interactions. .............................................more

“Senegal can hold its head up high today,” said Alioune Tine of the Dakar-based African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights (RADDHO). “My country is setting an example for Africa by showing that Africans can take care of their own problems. The time when brutal despots could just take their bank accounts and move next door is coming to an end.”

GAMBIA DEMOCRATIC ACTION GROUP (GDAG) AND SAVE THE GAMBIA DEMOCRACY PROJECT ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCHING OF A NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Contact Information:

Alkali Conteh:contehalkali@yahoo.com

Musa Jeng: Jengfann@yahoo.com

Pa Samba Jow: jowfara@msn.com

GDAG and STGDP are excited to announce the launch of a national conference dubbed GAMBIAN CONFERENCE FOR DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 18, 2013 to May 19, 2013........................more

Maafanta Attention

Dear Fatou,
I am Dr. Alhasan Ceesay of Njawara village and a novice writer. I would like to draw Maafanta's attention to the work I am involved with villagers in the region since my return to the Gambia in 1992. Here is how to get info relating to it.
My web site is: friendsofmandinggambimed.btck.co.uk 
Books can be viewed on entering: Dr. Alhasan Ceesay/books; and google search
Alhasan Ceesay/book/PublishAmerica.com and Alhasan Ceesay/books/amazon.com
Fatou my efforts have since returning to our beloved land been trying to bring relief to villagers. Hence with help of foreign doctors I have treated more 9000 villagers free ofcharge despite difficulties within. A third of sales of each of my books go to support NGO: Manding Medical Centre at Njawara. Helping expose our effort may just be the light we need at the end of the tunnel in bringing much needed medical relief to rural Gambia. Please feel free to contact me on 44+7556092403 any time convinience as we all committed to the Gambia. Thanks for taking time to review our rquest.
Yours Sincerely
Dr. Alhasan Ceesay, MD 

You make us all proud already Dr. Ceesay!

God bless - FatouJM

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.  What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one.  Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.  ~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963

Regina Mariama Manneh





 

 

Yahya Jammeh’s Charnel House

By MATTHEW OMOLESKY from the FEBRUARY 2013 issue

Human rights theater, like the global outcry over Gambia’s death penalty, only obscures the real nature of lawless, despotic rule................................more

picture : courtesy of  Godfrey Mwampembwa


The Gambia: An overview of Yahya Jammeh military regime’s horrible legacy

By Mathew K Jallow

The story I wanted to write this week was going to be extremely flattering, yet not superfluous. It was going to be a glowing tribute to a great president, without being a canting expose of his still untold story.................more

Updated List

Gambia Independence Celebrations. February 18 , 2013. We have nothing to celebrate

Below is our predicament:...............more

Say No To Yaya Jammeh

15 WRONG REASONS TO GET MARRIED!

==========================
1. You must not get married because of lust.
2. Infatuation (Love at first sight- sudden love)
3. Just liking the idea of marriage. It's just like joining the Army because you like the uniform. Nobody joins the army with a promise that he won't go to war.........more 

Gambian Chronicles

D. A. Jawo Crystallizes a Nation in Transit

By Cherno Baba Jallow

In the fading days of the Jawara presidency, it seemed as if things weren't moving - or moving fast enough. Within the confines of presidential power and far, far away, the national soul was living listlessly. The custodians of power and authority were napping at the wheel.....................more


"""""Just about any head of state with average ambition can build schools, roads and hospitals. What sets Yahya Jammeh apart is his misplaced self-image as a man of destiny gliding on the sweeping wave of history. Listening to him, an act of unbearable mental torture, one hears a jumble of crude vocabulary of a self-anointed republican, patriot, nationalist, field marshal, prophet, genius, shaman and humanitarian. A breathing definition of a multiple personality disorder. He wants to impress upon his audience that he doesn’t only embody the dreams and spirit of the nation but attains a greatness so unique that it defies all categorizations and comparisons. That he is a one-off phenomenon in all the vestiges and vistas of time.

Such blinding if not archaic hubris and heroic pretensions are quite familiar. Like all egomaniacs, he is the opposite of greatness. He is a petty, aggrieved, insecure, venal, paranoiac, pernicious, depraved, intolerant, crass, corrupt, deceptive, dishonest, avaricious, intemperate, dishonorable, untrustworthy, misinformed, semiliterate, inarticulate, thuggish, malcontent, violent, tribalist, lying little man. Someone needs to tell him that the Holy Quran is not for carrying around. The sacred Revelation is not a prop for gimmicky display of piety. The Words of the Almighty are meant for recitation to acquire wisdom and guidance. If this ignoramus really knows how to read the Book of all books, he would be doing so every morning and night on national television and leading every Friday prayer at the State House mosque. Just like he is no professor or doctor of any sort, he is no sheikh. He is an empty pretender. A vain extrovert infected with infantile and fetish need for attention. From his overdressing, raving and ranting to uncouth mannerisms, the sane mind is conflicted over determining whether he is a scarecrow or clown with the keys to the highest office in the land.""""' -  Foday Samateh on Yaya Jammeh

Gambia’s Clandestine Foreign Operation Uncovered   -  kibaaro.com.

The Gambia government’s hatched clandestine foreign security operation against exiled Gambians in Senegal, Europe and the United States has been uncovered..................................more


IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN HEROS ON APRIL 10TH/11TH
by Jainaba Bah

Flowers for you! 

The young valiant students; 
Who in seeking justice defied arms & authority
You threw yourselves in harm's way 
This was before any Arab Spring, 
You walked the path of Sharpville & Soweto
Embracing bullets and making the ultimate sacrifice
Who said the Gambian is a coward? 
Rest in perfect peace!



Thank you Maafanta and Hellogambia

This is to say a big thank you to ‘Maafanta’ and ‘Hello Gambia’ for publishing my article on Autism...................................more










Open letter on Women’s Political Participation

by Ms Satang Nabaneh, Gambia

Friday, March 22, 2013

I think it is time I add my voice to the debate, to wear the badge of verbal fundamentalism, without the slightest embarrassment. Should have been a long time coming- to unburden myself and do a little carping....................more

A PERSPECTIVE ON 1981 COUP DETAT 

* The attempted Gambian coup d'etat of 30 July 1981
A 1991 Paper

By Arnold Hughes

Three decades have passed since the abortive coup d'etat in The Gambia,...................more









FAB FASHION: SENEGALESE/GAMBIAN REGINA MANNEH EMERGES AS THE FACE OF AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2013...........more




 

 

 




An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia  -  By Musa Camara

Irreformable and notorious individuals who commit blatant infractions or heinous crimes are generally isolated,.............more

musacamara@hotmail.com


Thank You, Musa Camara  - Dida Halaki

Editor,.......................more

 

THE NEW FACE IN JAMMEH'S BUNGA BUNGA PARTY

- by Bamba Sering Mass (Human Rights Activist) UK..............................more

Thank You Maafanta

Dear Fatou,

Thank you for publishing our request with regards to Manding Medical Centre in Maafanta. The villagers and all patients who chance to benefit from your particiption remain forever grateful to you and the Gambia is proud of daughters like you. Bravo and keep in touch. On behalf of the villagers and myself please accept our profound gratitude for exposing our dream to the world. Regards.  My web site is: friendsofmandinggambimed.btck.co.uk
Dr. Alhasan Ceesay, MD





Why we can’t wait…..

by Ousman Njie

There comes a time in the life of an individual, group, village, town, city, or nation when change is inevitable in order to preserve the pride, respect, and dignity of the people. I’ll call this the breaking point or crossroads or in economic terms- the point 

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GAMBIA: My 22 Incoherent Thoughts After 19 Years

by Pata PJ

If I'd grown up in an abusive household where my father abuses my mother, emotionally or physically, what would and should have been my (moral) responsibility?..........................more


INDEMNITY? HOW ABOUT YOUR CONSCIENCE?  - By: Pata PJ

On December 15, 2012, a former Bad Boy Rapper G-Dep walked into a Harlem Precinct, turned himself in after confessing to a cold case murder. G-Dep owned up to killing a young man on a botched robbery on October 19, 1993....more


 

 


Annual Report 2013The state of the world's human rights 

Human rights know no borders. But Amnesty International's 2013 report shows governments are using the excuse of 'internal affairs' in shameful attempts to block concerted international action to resolve human rights emergencies..........................more

African Union: Human and Peoples’ Rights

We are marking yet another historically significant milestone as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the birth of the pan-African Unity in the formation of the OAU. Over the 50 year period since the OAU was established, .................more


What Happened To Banjul? Part IV – The Mosquitoes’ Story (Fiction)

By Momodou Ndow

As more and more gutters became stagnant in Banjul, "The Banjul Mosquitoes" found themselves with more real estate to breed and keep multiplying..........................more







THE AU DECLARATIONS 

FINAL PRESS RELEASE OF THE 21ST ORDINARY SESSION OF THE SUMMIT OF THE AFRICAN UNION
SUMMARY OF KEY DECISIONS ADOPTED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT......................more 

From Sainey Faye





New media law passed is in violation of the Banjul Charter. 

African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, adopted June 27, 1981, OAU Doc. ..................................more

Welcome Address on May 17, 2013 by Eugene Weeks, Mayor Protem , Raleigh

WELCOME!

On behalf of the members of the Raleigh City Council and the more than 415,000 residents of Raleigh, I would like to welcome you as you gather in...........................more





 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Raleigh Accord.

Raleigh, North Carolina U.S.A. May 19 2013:  The three-day Gambia Conference on Democracy and Good Governance organized by GDAG, STGDP, and DUGA successfully concluded in Raleigh,...........................more





Fatou Jaw Manneh

Raleigh Presentation

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

When I got the request and invitation to present a paper on Gambian journalism, I sent word to Gambian journalists on the ground for input lest I leave out any important details. The information I got from my colleagues on the state of journalism in the last 19 years.......................more

Photo: STGDP Chief Banka Manneh

The Raleigh Accord:

That GDAG, STGDP, DUGA convened a conference in Raleigh North Carolina from the 17th to the 19th May 2013 to bring together the key players in the field (heads of political parties, politicians, civil society, and the media to dialogue and consult on the way forward...............more



Behind every great man , is a great woman. With every good organization as GDAG , are great women. Thank you Madam Alkali Conteh, Sophie Seye Conteh and team , for the wonderful meals throughout the  STGDP/GDAG/DUGA conference in North Carolina. The hospitality is great. We are all very grateful. Thank you Madam Conteh






 

Nancy McFarlane,  Mayor of Raleigh,  Declares May 17, Gambia Day 

Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of Raleigh,North Carolina, signed a proclamation declaring May 17, 2013, GAMBIA DAY.

PROCLAMATION...................more


Congressman David Price

Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance

May 18, 2013

 It is my pleasure to welcome you to Raleigh and St. Augustine’s University this  morning and offer you some brief words of encouragement as you begin what I hope will be a productive conference....................more







GAMBIA: PRINCIPAL ACT RAISES SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

Gambia: Principal Act raises serious human rights concerns-   Date Published: 7 May 2013
...................................more





 

As Gambian Diasporans yearning for change convened in Raleigh North Carolina for a National conference, passionate and emotional speeches rocked the meeting hall in Raleigh...............more


Maafanta Interview with GDAG Chairman Alkali Conteh

Chairman of GDAG and host of Gambia national conference, Raleigh North Carolina.

Good afternoon Mr. Alkali. Hope you have rested well. Thanks for the superb organization of this conference.........................more



DMU lecturer is named as one of the UK's best teachers

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has today (27 June) named De Montfort University (DMU) Lecturer Dr Momodou Sallah as the recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship - the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning..........................more


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE

5 July 2013

The Gambia: New bill stifles online dissent

A new bill in the Gambia which could impose lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines for criticising government officials on the internet is an outrageous attack on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.............................more

Masquerader at Raleigh Conference

By Musa Camara

“A person shall not be qualified to be appointed or hold the office of a Secretary of State if, he or she is a member of the National Assembly or if he or she holds the citizenship or nationality of any country other than The Gambia......................more

 ‘Gambians live under a climate of fear’- Amnesty’s Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus - American Street News..................more



















Book Review: Defeating Dictators by George Ayittey

Georg Ayittey. Defeating Dictators.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 288pp. Hardcover $18.10 ISBN-13: 978-0230108592............................more

Ayittey on Steering Committee

Yes, I heard about your national conference in Raleigh.

I am glad that you decided to form the National Consultative Committee (NCC) (Steering Committee) but it must be guided by some strict rules; otherwise it will become ineffective and could be hijacked...............................more










African Narco News -  On Gambia

Inside A $1 Billion West African Cocaine Cartel

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Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an amendment to a media law adopted by the Gambian ...................................more











Deborah Mbye keeps hope alive for jailed husband Brigadier General  Omar Mbye (OB Mbye ) sentenced to death in The Gambia.

Deborah Burns Mbye is a British citizen married ...........................................more







List of murdered, incarcerated, exiled and forced disappeared Gambians -

compiled by Mathew K Jallow

Gambians kidnapped from Dakar Senegal 2013

Mahawa Cham, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown

Saul Ndow, abducted from Dakar, whereabouts unknown............more





AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

Gambia: No Compromise on Human Rights: ..................more








Twinkle Twinkle my Little Moroccan star
by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Twinkle twinkle my little Moroccan star.

Now I wonder where the hell you are................................more








The Gambia’s Internet Law: RSF very disturbed, Amnesty International shocked - frontpageinternational

The free press and free expression agency, Reporters Without Borders, RSF, has said it is very disturbed by The Gambia’s new Information and Communication (amendment)Act 2013 – which imposes lengthy jail term and heavy fines for persons “spreading false news” on the internet...............more

The Gambia’s new Information and Communication (amendment)Act 2013 bill.

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Here comes another cruel bill from Yaya Jammeh and his new Information Minister Nana Grey Johnson. We will kill it! In the name of Ramadan. So help us God!......................more

Senegalo Gambia Game 6 : Senegal - 11, La Gambie - 1

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

Voila!!! Yes a bridge is going to be planted in the River Gambia. Waye waye –Kai –Kai  Macky– Waye Macky. Mbaa Yansi Jamma? Daydate Amuuffi-dehh. 

Lo Buggarekk –Na-Nekk-Jamma. Bridge? Jayllal, Jaylllal. Plot of land? Here we go! You can have all of Serrekunda! Who? Salifu Sarjo? I will catch him myself Macky. I never said you harbor my enemies. Heh? Njehh Reggut Waff- Dehh.................................more

GAMBIA PRESS UNION

PRESS STATEMENT 

GPU concerned over new communication legislation ...........................more

The Daily Observer Founder Kenneth Y Best's statement to the International Press Institute


Dear Sasu:
I wish to thank you and Bethel sincerely for this powerful statement on the Gambian parliament's terrible Act against ................more


The Best Advice I Ever Had

A Tribute to My Sainted Mother, Mrs. Lilian Best, Delivered at the American Embassy on Mother’s Day, 2010, at the Invitation of Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield


By Kenneth Y. Best ( Founder of The Daily Observer , Gambia and Liberia).............more


The Man Who Revolutionized Gambian Media

Reflections on Kenneth Y. Best

By Cherno Baba Jallow

In late 1992, a year after graduating from the Sixth Form, I visited the Daily Observer’s offices in Bakau seeking employment as a reporter. .................................more

ZAINAB PILFERING & SPENDING OUR MONEY

by Baobab Girl, Gambia

Dear Fatou Jaw Manneh,

You are right in dragging your heels to write about our money pinching first lady. It has been long overdue. All the same I would like join you in that venture.........................more



Gambian Film Maker and Director, Ishmael Sarr has completed a very touching and  heart wrenching movie about young African men and women who brave the high seas  destined for greener pastures in Europe, mainly Spain. The name of the movie is called "Once Upon A Time In Sahel". As these men and women embark on this very uncertain journey,  they know it can be fatalistic, yet are not deterred  from trying............more

Ishmael Sarr

http://www.timesinsahel.com/

groupdallu@gmail.com

info@timesinsahel.com

00 221 777- 186426


The Most Terrifying Drug in the World Has Spread to The Gambia- Jammeh the Head drugs Dealer - 

 By The Economist

In The Gambia, where the president Yahya Jammeh claims to be a strict Muslim Practicing Sheikh- pious, Holy Koran firm in one hand and a kingship sword clutched in the other everywhere he goes..................................more

Spotlight on Ending Violence against Women

By Isatou Bittaye

As the commemoration of 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence draws to an end on December 10 (Human Rights Day), I am providing a highlight on the struggle to end violence against women and girls................................more

PRESIDENT JAMMEH SHOULD RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV AND AIDS  -- By Ousman JC Darboe

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Free Alhagi Ceesay & Ebou Jobe

Family and Friends Plea for the Release of Two U.S. Citizens Who Disappeared in The Gambia
Juka Ceesay, spokesperson for the families
Email: Jukacee@gmail.com
For immediate Release ............................more








The Week's News Recap

The 68th UN General Assembly , New York

Team Yaya Jammeh versus Team Diaspora

by Fatou Jaw Manneh...........................more









Yaya Jammeh and his Mandinka problem -
by Fatou Jaw Manneh
Yaya Jammeh and his entourage after being beaten up by New York protesters went back home to the Gambia fuming and ready for revenge...........................more

At least 54 Tunisian pilgrims have been refused to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrims for holding Gambian fake passports

GambiaTV2 Facebook Page
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Sorry seems to be the hardest word to say for Gambians
By Demba Nganye Njie, Sweden.............more 








POURUH DU GEREM NYEMI DAW

Ndey Tapha Sosseh

Secretary General, Coalition for Change The Gambia

A lot has been said in the past month on the severing of ties between ........................more


By George Ayittey

Mandela Passes
He was truly an African hero and leader – a man of indefatigable determination, steely courage, indomitable spirit and unbending will. He endured great hardships and personal sacrifices to bring freedom to his people. Yet, he had a heart big enough to forgive and reconcile. He indeed will rest in peace...............................more

The Enlightenment

By Momodou Ndow

Human reason is one of the major factors that separate us from animals. Reasoning is the capacity for consciously making sense of things and applying logic for establishing and verifying facts.........................more




"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Nelson Mandela 

The Prayers continue

".........regardless of the measure of Western responsibility for Africa's mess, it is clear that the future of Africa lies in the hands of African leaders. Thus far, individually and collectively, they have been more prone to hide behind the past than to take responsibility for the present."-    Samantha Power

The Hypocrisy of Fatou Camara

by  Musa Camara

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way” Viktor E. Frankl.

To the proverb necessity is the mother of invention, sycophants from The Gambia have supplied the parallel contrast that desperation is the father of self-reinvention. Yahya Jammeh’s collaborators from The Gambia are very skillful in reinventing themselves once they fall out of grace with the ‘ungrateful’ man they so diligently and dutifully served. Ms. Fatou Camara—no relation to this author—is the latest cast member of comic tragedy. .............more

Fatou Jaw Manneh Come Out

By a retired US Soldier

Fatou, how are you? Hope well, and doing great..................................more








How the "struggle" against Jammeh could end up producing low caliber leaders   -  By Sutay Kuta Sanneh, UK

Fellow countrymen, first allow me state that, my observations in this article is to evoke rational understanding more strongly that emotional feelings. Over the past couple of days, we are bombarded with claims and .............................more


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE
18 December 2013
The Gambia must immediately release three opposition members convicted of sedition
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The full text of  Secretary General Momodou Sabally's Anti- UNDP, Mandingko, UK, US and patriotic Gambians. 

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"Mccarthy square happens to be his palm oil outlet and pot is 7 dalasis that is what makes me laugh. As the head of state you should be more concerned about protecting domestic businesses not to be competing with them." 

 - Serious Boy Ablie Njie writes to Maafanta!

Dear Aunty Fatou of Maafanta. You and I don't know each other,  but I've read and heard a lot about you and to be quite honest, you inspire me a lot. .....................................more










Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do 

By Robert D. Kaplan

Many years ago, I visited Four Corners in the American Southwest............................more










Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did          -    Daily Kos

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished..........................more 

MEMORIES OF THE BLADE
By Oumie Sissokho
It is indeed with utmost displeasure for almost every victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to remember the feelings of pain, anxiety, sadness, anger and distrust associated with a brutal act perpetrated against one in the name of a custom. ..............more








What's On - Gambia
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Welcome to the smiling coast















Of Bed Bugs, Rats and Roaches

by Aisha Saidy

There are so many of them 

Infested all over you 

Via your cellphones, tablets and computers Yes! 

.............more


Obsession

By Aisha Saidy

That infatuated desire 

Can't get enough of it I want it, 

..............more

Remember the time............

By Amie Ndow

I remember the time we used to dance

Do you remember how we used to prance?

The prickly green grass in between our toes

Do you remember the time....Nobody knows

I remember the overly pumped soccer ball bruising our feet

The memories of the lemon grass you would eat

I remember the tree we married under at the age of nine

And how you tried to make your vows rhyme

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What is Global Governance, Any Way? 
By Sulayman Njie, Washington DC
Defining global governance can be a very hard task, Dingwerth and Pattberg said that global governance can be anything, which then begs the question, what is global governance? Trying to give a meaning to something that can be anything can be very challenging, because the ...........more
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.---  Albert Einstein



THE OUTREACH

Oumie: Greetings and welcome to The Maafanta Outreach Program. As you might be aware, the Outreach is a new interactive and educative initiative that seeks to reach out to individuals and organizations ...........more


Greetings, readers and well-wishers of Maafanta, I am delighted to inform you that we have a new program. It is "the Outreach"- On a monthly basis,

 This program is to share, learn, inspire and give more to our communities and countries. Should any of you have an individual or organizations worth learning from, kindly do inform us and we will reach out to them. It’s about us. Together, we can do better. Thank you.

Oumie Sissokho Maafanta Facebookpage Editor

The Crab Revolution (Part 1)

By Demba Njie, Sweden

The Gambian revolution, which is going on right now, is one of the most complicated revolutions that has ever happened in the world. Everyone wants to be a leader and want it to be in his or her own way, ...................................more

CORDEG chief

Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

talks to Aisha Bittaye


Maafanta.com publisher assigned me for an interview with Dr. Abdoulaye Saine, new chairman of CORDEG.Having heard of his name and read some of his scholarly work on African Politics and Democratization, as a ...........................more




THE OUTREACH

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2014 WITH STUDENTS FROM NATIONAL CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

By Oumie Sissokho

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PRESIDENT JAMMEH IS A SEX PREDATOR

By Jainaba Jah, UK

Leaders are generally perceived by their followers as reverends, almost flawless especially if they ride on a religious ticket. Such leaders are trusted, adored and respected. For any such leader to be discovered a sex predator will not only appall and shock his people. Well, many Gambians today are finding it hard to come to terms with some of the revelations on the Diaspora Gambian online press about President Jammeh’s insatiable thirst for sex. This brings to mind a saying “he who feels it; knows it”. I have no iota of doubt in my mind that there are many Gambian female security officers both in the Gambia and abroad who felt victim of President Yahya Jammeh’s sexual exploitation............................more

Microfinance--The Neoliberal Endgame? (Case Study: KIVA)

By Sulayman Njie

Microfinance—The Neoliberal Endgame? (Case Study: KIVA) “At Kiva, We want to create good in the world. A lot of good” (Kiva.org). These are the do-gooders, they help the poor and in the process lift ........................more

YAYA JAMMEH: A TAPEWORM IN SENEGAL’S STOMACH

By Ousainou Mbenga..........................more

CORDEG’s Utterly Blurred Vision

By Lamin J. Darbo..............more


Answering The Question – 

Was Jawara A Dictator or Not?

Jawara Was A Dictator And His Administration A Dictatorship!.............more


Autism:We embrace the challenges

By Mammy Neneh SaidySanyang

It is another year gone by and time to remember Autism, and all those whose lives it continues to affect. Further to my piece that was published in your paper last year , ............more


CORDEG's blurred vision, or an attempt to snuff the life out of our hopes
By Musa Jeng
It is the tone of the opening paragraph that set the message of the write-up, and left me with bewilderment and ...........more

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

Introduction: Part I of 7

Irreformable and notorious individuals who commit blatant infractions or heinous crimes are ...................................more


I am concerned and I have suggestions

By A Concerned Gambian

Dear Fatou

I am pleased to make contact with you. I know you are fasting but hope you make time and go over this.............more


The Gambia: dogged mediocrity & amateurism” plague Raleigh-Gambia Conference (March 2013)  

-  By Mathew K Jallow (from Mathew Jallow).............more


April 5, 2014

HelloGambia

Freedom News Paper

Gainako

Kairo News

Kibaaro News

Jollof News

Mafaanta News

SeneGambia

Dear Compatriot Editors,

I hope this email finds you in the highest spirit of resistance to liberate our beloved Gambia from the clutches of tyranny. ...............................more

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia  By Musa Camara

The Gambian Family: Part 3 of 7

If individuals are the nucleus of organized societies, families are their microcosms. In The Gambia, like in all human societies, the male is at the apex. The father is the Alpha and the Omega as his authority has no limits and is unquestionable. In short, he’s the dictator who reigns over the compound. If he were compassionate, life would be normal for everyone in the household; but if he’s heartless, ...............more

THOMAS SANKARA - CHAMPION OF THE POOR                                         

Introduction (Abstract)- By Bamba Jabbi

I have many people who inspired me when I was growing up as a child. Their lives’ stories have impacted me on how I look at live and my ambitions and aspirations for the poor and the needy.

One such person was Thomas Sankara, a former president of ................more

If We Must Die
By Claude McKay
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

The Typical Gambian Monad: Part 2 of 7.................more



“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”
― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

To be King or not to be King -- that is the question.
By Foday Samateh - maafanta archives June 2010

We are supposed to believe that a brazen plot of power-grab concocted in the State House in Banjul is a yearning call of a grateful nation on their benevolent President to accept the crown of a benign King...................................more

Happy Birthday Mr. President
by Fatou Jaw Manneh - from maafanta archives
Happy birthday Yaya Jammeh
How old are you now Yaya Jammeh?47? 
I pray that you live to a 150 years..............more

Oral statements of Amnesty International to the African Commission on Gambia
Amnesty International made a number of oral statements to the African Commission on Gambia.
They are available online for your information:
- statement on torture: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/007/2014/en
- statement on human rights defenders: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/005/2014/en
- statement on freedom of expression: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR01/009/2014/en
A common thread to these statements is that Gambia continues to fail to implement African Commission resolutions. ..................more

"No army can defeat youths that will not give up on their dream of freedom and a better country" Says Sam Phatey
Truly, the pill of truth is hard to swallow but reality we must face and accept. When I get ........................more

Fight for country

Dear Fatou,
I am a gambian living in the United Kingdom, I hold a BSc (Hons) in Banking with Economics and Law. I have always been interested in writing/commenting on social  or human rights issues and was wondering if you would like to publish any of my articles as of now. As a young man growing up i have always believed that democracy, human rights and freedom should prevail................................more

An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

Religious Practices: Part 4 of 7

In the Gambia, the Marabout is the supposedly the figure who knows the innermost secrets about us, and the conspiracies fomenting to submerge the client in a hellhole. ..................more



Independence, dual citizenship, and some routes to status regularisation in the UK
(As a Keynote speaker at the Gambian Association Coventry 22/2/2014 Independence Celebration)  - 

By Lamin J Darboe

Independence...............................more

AI's UPR report: the human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated since the 2010 review
Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review..................................more

In Loving Memory of Alh. Seni Sise (Master Sise)

Allah S.W.T has already informed us in His Holy Quran that every living soul that ever lived shall die at a set time, and that no one can shorten or prolong their given time by even an hour..............more

Sir Dawda Kairaba: A Statesman for the Ages

By Mathew K Jallow

The term Founding Father conjures up images of the American Revolution, and applying it to Sir Dawda K. Jawara, has always felt like a stretch for me. .............more

Tribute To Nanding Fatoumatta Ceesay
After 52 years of Marriage, Baba and Nanding were separated by 52 days in death. What an irony! Leaving our hearts in shock, the pain is unbearable, but knowing that it was the will of Allah, our faith remains unshaken..................................more






 





So Many Dreams

By Baba Galleh Jallow

The Igbo say

When the moon is shining 

The cripple 

Becomes hungry for a walk;

What the Igbo did not know

Or did not say is that

The Cripple

With a capital C 

Is always hungry for a walk; 

Especially when 

There’s no moon in the skies

And the world is dark

And he cannot 

Just get up and go

Walk right into the inviting lights

Of his so many dreams!


IN DEFENSE OF SIR DAWDA JAWARA
Commenting on a recent blog post by Sidi Sanneh.
"I was told so" is not enough "
By Kalil Laye
Mr. Sanneh:.................................more







Three Curious Spectacles –
A Poem

By Baba Galleh Jallow
He threw beauty upon him
And limped away
After he had shared of his heart
And walked off
In search of beauty
 * * * *
He sits
Chained to a pillar
That itself has no shoulder
Upon which to cry
That itself could only stand
On its single leg
Awaiting fate
* * * *
The wooden tiger
Glared from the page
At the real tiger
As if to say
What to do bro?
We raised 152,000.00. Thank you
Fund For Hope
Statement from Haddy Mbow.............more

Fatou Jaw-Manneh is a Gambian journalist and activist who received political asylum from the United States in 1994 and has lived in the U.S. ever since. She is a well-known member of the Gambian community in the U.S. and runs the popular news and politics website Maafanta.com.[1] She was the first female reporter at the Gambian Daily Observer[2] and is widely known as “Gambia's Iron Lady” and the “Dame of the Flaming PEN...........................more

Buba Baldeh, Deciphered

By Cherno Baba Jallow

The late Honorable Bubacarr Baldeh, who recently died in Dakar, Senegal, at age 61, arrived on the political scene in 1982 as an outsider trying to fit ........more

On the Case of the Burial of Buba Baldeh

Beloved son of The Gambia

Freedom From Hunger Campaign

We all thought that you will become president

But destiny wouldn’t agree

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Abdul SAVAGE: You are not in any form or shape qualified to render professional judgment in the use of force for regime change in the Gambia pertinent to NRMG!
By Ex Officer Cadet Lawrence Jabang (GAF) ................more


PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S HOUSE IS ON FIRE..........................more


Statement

By Muhamed Baldeh

On behalf of my family, the Basse Mansajang Kunda community, ..........more


What said the arrogant ruler

By Baba G. Jallow

I’m very lucky

Said the arrogant ruler

And ground his teeth

You are very lucky

Said the sycophants

And they all went on to fantasize

Just lucky he was

The arrogant ruler


We ask for it

We get it

We waste it

Said the arrogant ruler

No more driving through palaces

Is what happens

When it is all wasted

The power


I want that mountain moved

And I want it now

Said the arrogant ruler

And showed his back

They saw he was not serious

And continued dancing


 From maafanta 

archives  Some thoughts on "This Struggle”

By Fatou Jaw Manneh
Few years after the  military took over in The Gambia in 1994, I was tipped off by some Daily Observer journalists that part of the junta was in Washington, D.C. to lay a case before the US government about their legitimacy. I was given their address and I met with the ..............................................more

Gambian Diaspora: A Return to the Drawing Board or a Plunge into the Abyss   ----- 

 Modou Nyang

We may be far from the end to the accusations and counter accusations of what led to the split within CORDEG. What is not yet heard from the feuding parties is the underlying reasons or motives that informed their decision to call it quits. The brouhaha is sickening, no doubt, and it sure carry’s the venom capable of killing this body that has the promise to serve as the rallying point for Diaspora Gambia democracy forces....................................more


The Bends, the Curves, the Home-Straight, Keeping the Eyes on the Prize

Towards a Strategic Home and Diaspora partnership for Political Change

Part 1 of 3                         By Modou Nyang

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A selection of 20 cases of human rights 

violations in Gambia since 22 July 1994.....................more

Amnesty International



Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com






The Gambia We WANT?

By Abdul Savage

Every society and religion in Mankind history, since the existence of man, have recognized and accepted that if someone is privy to, and or a supporter to a criminal or criminal act, such person and or entity MUST be held "accountable”. I believe it is called “accomplice” by smart people.........................more










Ousman Bojang's  recent interview on Freedom revealing Jola tribalism prompted revisit of this article.

The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s tribalism and the tyranny of the Jola minority (July 2011)

By Mathew K Jallow

As this year’s “meet the voters’ tour” comes to an end, where it all began two weeks ago, one of Yahya Jammeh’s messages around the country has become not only a strikingly familiar refrain, but also the chorus of a sickening drama that exists in his mind. For many years now, Yahya Jammeh’s signature posturing 

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A Requiem for Deyda Hydara

By

Foday Samateh

Even as I write these words, a part of me is still in denial. Ten years on, the wishful in me still clings to a chimera. I do so because the ghoulish reality of December 16, 2004, sends me in bouts of disillusionment to the borders of derangement. The assassination of Deyda Hydara changed the world for me...........................more








Deyda Hydara: Ten Years of Impunity
By D. A. Jawo
It is ten years today since still unknown assassins shot and killed Deyda Hydara while he was driving home from work, at the very edge of the perimeter fence of the paramilitary barracks along the busy Serekunda-Banjul highway. However, despite numerous calls, both locally and internationally for a thorough investigation into the killing,....................more







THE PULSATING POWER OF LOVE

Mbarodi Gainako hails from Daa nde maayo, a stone throw from Munku Baa-the cosmopolitan city of Yee lam ngalu. Mbarodi, as he is dotingly venerated, is medium in stature with a radiant chocolate skin. He is athletic. His childlike oval Fulani face has striking milky eyes ................................more







To the general Public  
It is with regret that the Gambia Consultative Council (GCC) expresses deep disappointment in the recent defection to the AFPRC of dictator and murderer, Yahya Jammeh, of one of its executives members, Mr Falai Baldeh, in charge of Protests and Demonstrations. GCC was clearly blindsided by Mr Baldeh’s actions particularly at a time when nothing, ....................................more







The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s militarizing of the Jolas or Jolanizing the military (2011)
By Mathew K Jallow

It is a common strategy dictators have used to prolong their stay in power. But it is divisive. And it has a corrosive effect on the fabric of any society where it is practiced. Sectarian politics which in The Gambia is exemplified by the tribal politics introduced by Yahya Jammeh, is based,..........more






The Diaspora Gamble

By Abdul Savage

You still didn’t get it? These diaspora organizations and many diasporans are betting on a “spark” in the Gambia to trigger a regime change in whatever format or design, be it demonstration, peaceful or whatever means. And then, after that, they will claim credit for such a regime change, and expect to be rewarded with fame, glory, gains, and position themselves post-Jammeh. ................more







IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE  A RARE ACHIEVEMENT, NEUROSURGEON:DR. NUTE JOHN JABANG  -  By Lawrence Jabang
John Nute Jabang was not the son of a president, not the son of a tycoon , CEO, some director and not even a teacher,he didn't travel to overseas but the son of a palm wine tapper. One of the poorest and among the most looked down occupations in The Gambia...................more







SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISER FOR DETAINED VICTIMS OF HOMOPHOBIA IN THE GAMBIA - 

Prince Bubacar Sankanu

Since the 7th November 2014, a group of 12 men, women and a boy, is held incommunicado in The Gambia, West Africa, on suspicion of being gays and lesbians or LGBTs. More arrests are anticipated from a list with about 200 names complied by the country's secret police, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

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After-Action Review

By Abdul Savage

The Army calls it AAR (After-Action Review), some civilians call it Periodical Review, others call it Re-evaluation, and others say it is called Periodic Report, while others call it Taking Stock. Other smart people call it Assessment, and some say it is called Recap.

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November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women







The Gambia: The dangerous interface of propaganda and ignorance

By Mathew K Jallow

Propaganda has the capacity to yield subliminal, Pavlovian responses, which defy reason. As a tool of mental and intellectual repression, the intent is to freeze, and even deny, the concept of independent thinking for the safer imagination deficit and idea free subjective reasoning.....................more

An old sickness has returned to haunt a new generation of ever ambitious and industrious hardworking Gambians.  -  

 By Our Economist

PICTURE an economic prostitute and sex addict. “A bum sitting under a well upholstered sofa with a sword and holy Qur'an in his arms, robbing hardworking citizens to feed his addiction,” is what many people in the Gambia are living in the Gambia under Yahya Jammeh today, believe it or not........................more 







Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence 

Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of abuse,................more







REDEFINING AFRICA

What people need to know about the African condition

By Baba G. Jallow

When Creighton University’s African Students Association (AFSA) approached me to give a guest lecture at their annual banquet on the topic “Redefining Africa”, I knew exactly where they were coming from. However, I still asked them what they had in mind:.........................more








The Gambia: Lessons of Mali, lessons of Burkina and lessons for Africa

By Mathew K Jallow

Mali and Burkina Faso symbolize the new philosophical bend of the African Union and ECOWAS; playing catch-up with the popular political sentiments of Africa’s vast, dispirited population. But it is only a beginning, the microcosm of what the rest of Africa’s 

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Yahya: A Big Tree That Must Be Cut Down For New Project!

Indisputable!

The remaining questions: How do we chop down the tree? When do we chop down the big tree – before the start of new project or at the end or somewhere in-between?  The answers to these questions are not simply what we wish but what we could, what’s feasible and what serves our goal(s)........................more

Collaboration or Unity?

By Abdul Savage

Some proponents of collaboration among these diasporan entities have submitted, in their arguments that all roads must lead to Banjul. On the surface, such submission might appear like a compelling case, but upon thorough examination, such a proposition has cracks all over it. For starters, on what roads that must lead to Banjul? Paved road, ..................more








PAY DAY FOR DICTATOR JAMMEH

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

In shaa Allah we are almost at the end of the barbaric, cruel and brutal reigning of President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh. Like employees get their wages and salaries at the end of each pay-period, so is President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh ......................................more

ORGANIZED CONFRONTATION: THE FINAL ACTION TO UPROOT JAMMEH!

 By: Ousainou Mbenga


With the recent explosion of the Burkinabe powder keg in the country of the “upright people” - Burkina Faso; all the neocolonial gangsters and puppets in the region - including Macky Sall and his monstrous friend, Yaya Jammeh - are sitting on edge. Macky sall, Jonathan Goodluck and others hurried into Burkina Faso to quell the ashes and ambers of resistance against the neocolonial state.

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The UN Human Rights Rapporteur Saga
Another black eye for the crumbling Jammed Fiefdom

By: Kaba Sallah

The indecision and immaturity of the Jammeh gangster government was on full display for the whole world to see during the planned visit of the UN Human Rights Rapporteurs in November, 2014. Having invited the UN   research team to investigate and report on the human rights situation, Jammeh  got cold feet, became wobbly and abruptly decided to block access to them.....................more







Jammeh to send delegation to Dakar to protest treatment of   Amadou Samba

The regime of Yaya Jammeh is sending a delegation to Dakar early in the week to protest "most strongly and demand certain actions" over the Amadou Samba affair.
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HIGH TIME FOR GAMBIANS TO UNITE TOWARDS ONE OBJECTIVE
By Lamin Jammeh, UK
It is high time for Gambians to come under one umbrella to oust Yaya  jammeh .
“YAYA JAMMEH MUST GO”.
This is our collective responsibility as Gambians, despite being loyal to him or not, he’s our problem.
Yaya will never change but we can! By putting our hearts and minds together toward a common goal......................more







African Leadership Studies: Beyond Theoretical Exceptionalism

Paper presented at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Conference

October 30 – November 2, 2014 / San Diego California


Baba G. Jallow, Creighton University, babajallow@creighton.edu

Some scholars de-contextualize Africa’s leadership and developmental crises by attributing them to the mistaken and untested assumption that Western theories and styles of leadership are not appropriate for African and other non-Western cultures.......................more







The Gambia: land of mass incarceration, murder, summary execution and human-sacrifice
By Mathew K Jallow

“Smiling Coast of West Africa” is the first welcoming characterization that headlines every tourist brochure; the intersection of happy, cheerful and sun-drenched sandy beaches that snake the might Atlantic Ocean coastline as far as the eye can see. But this was Gambia then.

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This “Struggle” Is Not “A Sanitizer”

By Abdul Savage

The “hypocrisy” is getting too much, and “This Struggle” is certainly not a sanitizer.

Here is just my infamous little two-cent advice: When working with team mates in any “struggle” or “fight”, keep these two things in mind:

    1. Do not “SUCK UP” to any team player and

    2. Do not be COMBATIVE to any team player.

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Lampesuda: Soul Searching Questions

Culled From The African Executive

Lampedusa – the name of an island between Tunisia and Sicily, Italy, – has become the symbol for a human tragedy. One year ago, on 3 October 2013, 366 refugees from Africa and the Middle East drowned there in the Mediterranean seeking a life without war, persecution, torture, or poverty. ...................................more

‘Trapped by colonial lyrics in a post-colonial dance’

The above words are those of Ms Mariama Khan in describing the ambiguous situation post colonial nation states are faced with in positioning African endogenous values, including language policy, following the end of colonial rule. This concept and many other ideas of far reaching consequences for language policy and national development are contained in the article entitled ...................more








Gambian Christians Have Been Systematically Marginalized By APRC Government

By Lawrence Jabang

Kindness and weakness are never the same and will never be the same. Unfortunately, they are too often confused. It’s a known fact that there is always comes a time when each would need to paddle his/her own canoe...........more











The Gambia: Pivoting Yahya Jammeh bigotry from severe civil upheaval to benign instability

By Mathew K Jallow

This week, Gambia’s military regime is mandated to appear before the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to perform an absolutely impossible tap dance; defend its less than stellar;..........................more








Policy Failure is Largely Responsible for Collapse of Gambia Government under Jammeh

*Sarjo Bayang seeks to raise the bar higher

Where systematic dispensation is lacking there human capital capability, efficiency and effectiveness can be seriously undermined. Optimal utilisation of policy instruments and good governance are key requirements for sustainable organisational development and institution building........................more








Ebola, and Gambia’s Alarming Death Rate: A Recipe for Disaster

The frequency with which adult Gambians die from preventable diseases, such as malaria, diabetes, or hypertension, is simply alarming. Hardly a week goes by without another obituary- reports of sudden death or collapse of citizens from all walks-of-life. Gambia’s .................................more


 A      POEM     FOR      CHRISTIANA      JATTA

         By: Ousainou Mbenga

A SPARK FOR THE REVOLUTION

                  With a spark of youthful arrogance, audacity, courage

              Atop a defying confidence; you jolted GRTS into disbelieve

              Mouths dropped, eyes popped and hearts raced

              In awe to your fed – up bravery with calculated temerity........................more







Fatou Jaw Manneh Speaks at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum!

Dear Ms. Manneh:
I sincerely hope you can make the Oslo Freedom Forum this coming year. Below and attached please find your formal invitation to speak at the 2014 event, to take place October 20, 21, and 22...........................more








What Do We Do or What Should We Do – To Make A Functioning Democratic Republic?

Some said the ballot box. They suggest a perfect coalition of the opposition could defeat Yahya. This is a good hope except that both Jawara and Yahya has secured at least 50 + 1% in every election.................more







THE GAMBIA - MISPLACED PRIORITIES

While all serious governments around the world are controlling their national spending and eliminating waste where possible, Gambia government is on ten days celebration wasting national resources that is not adding any value to livelihood of our people.........................more








WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, TOUGH ALSO GETS GOING!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands

To give up is acknowledging self-defeat. Furthermore, a maxim has it that a person who tries and fails is far more progressive than the one who would not try for fear of failure. Therefore, folks, I call on you to remain steadfast and never give up the...........................more







How/Why Yaya Jammeh is so Dangerous and More Troubling for Gambia

Extent to which Yaya Jammeh remains threat to Gambia and how damaging that is

By Sarjo Bayang

He is the lead actor and we keep record of his tracks as history unfolds. Welcome to Gambia where poor junior army ranker seized power by force of guns, nothing in his pocket. In the course of 20 years, he is first Dollar Millionaire African president.

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Doctor WHO?

By Momodou Ndow

The Dr. Zakir Naik train is still not at its final destination so let’s keep riding.:-). There are some who believe that Dr. Zakir Naik should not be challenged because he’s an Islamic scholar and full of wisdom. Maybe it will be helpful to remind them than he is also a human being and vulnerable to all the temptations that we all struggle with daily. Anyone who attempts to spread something  we believe not to be true should be challenged, Muslim or not, doctor or nurse.........................more








Remembering a great Pan-African legend. Gambian scholar Dr. Sulayman Nyang, a close friend and associate of Prof. Ali A. Mazrui; made a great obituary of the man he knew, studied and wrote about.Below is the text which was  relayed by "Dawn'  media live in Pakistan. To those of us who knew him in the 70's until his death, we miss a true  Pan-Africanist. - Sainey Faye
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On Dr Saine’s response to Salieu Njie’s recent invitation to dialogue

By Mathew Jallow

I agree with Dr Saine critique of Mr Salieu Njie’s invitation to a point; however, I completely disagree with his insinuation that for any idea to have claim to legitimacy, it has to derive from a foundation of broad popular support.........................more







Urgent Matter Regarding Captain Simon Peter Mendy Currently on Vocation in the United States   -  GAF Military Intelligence Officer
Please guys, do me a favor and make publication in regard to the following text. Simon Peter Mendy is a Captain in the Gambia Navy and he is currently on holidays there in the United States.....................more







Gambians Mourn Death of National Economy and Finance System as President Celebrates Illegal Event of July 1994 Coup

Focus on misplaced priorities set on broken pillars of falling economic super structure

By Sarjo Bayang

Deep biting economic hardship and financial meltdown that Gambians continue to suffer is at the extreme situation of thermal death for a nation in grief with no hope of redemption.....................more








My response to Salieu's letter and invitation.
Dear Salieu,
When Demba Baldeh contacted me a little over a weeks ago, the proposed meeting was to explore a way forward for Gambia- nothing was said about electing a new leader.
This is what I think.The proposed election is truly absurd, and lacks merit, and legitimacy. From where does the mandate to elect a new" leader," come? And since when did journalists become "king-makers."? Who selected the so-called "leaders, and you ? 
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From Dr. Saine









Why is Shameless Samsudeen Sarr Taking on Imam Baba Leigh?   -  By Pappa Khumba Loum
Imam Baba Leigh should ignore the ranting and utterances of this opportunist fool who is trying to drag him into the mud..................more







Remembering George Padmore/The great Pan-Africanist
      By  Sainey Faye
There is an African saying that ......"A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom, knows where the dirt is."
George Padmore ……Who Was George Padmore , The Great Pan-Africanist ?
September 23, 1959 ……..George Padmore passed away in London, and was eulogized throughout the African diaspora and the motherland Africa.............more







A Rejoinder “The Jola, beneficiaries of positive discrimination under JK”

By: Kaba Sallah

This article by Voice of Hope is a stunning admission that active discrimination, by the Jammeh junta, against certain segments of the Gambian population, has been a policy since 1994! The title itself is an oxymoron, a contradiction; positive and discrimination cannot produce a positive outcome!........................more







Pan-Africa for WHO?

By Momodou Ndow
Pan-Africans say "Africa for Africans" and "we can take care of our own". I have not seen the AU (African Union) in the vanguard of this Ebola fight anywhere. Nor have  I
seen any African leader taking the lead or attempting to lead the fight either.
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Unite or Perish! Unite or Diaspora Boycott!Open Letter to the Opposition Parties from the Diaspora.By: Kaba Sallah

For those who still believe in elections as an option ­ and a strategy (to remove Dictator Yaya Jammeh from power in the Gambia in 2016), cannot be happy with the recent public temper tantrum coming from the opposition side, in Banjul.  If recent rumblings in the 

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BE AWARE OF PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S NEW KILLER MACHINE!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Folks it is logical that when someone badly needs help and hears another person offering it, he or she will do anything possible to reach for the help no matter what may cost.

When our lunatic and shameless President claimed that he can cure Aids, 

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200,000 Gambians In Urgent Need Of Food Assistance 

(JollofNews) – A record 200,000 Gambians are in urgent need of food assistance due to pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa

Ebola crisis, the United Nations says.
Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, UN representative for Gambia, said the situation is so dire that 1.8 million Gambians are 

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Jammeh’s “GRACEFUL EXIT”.

BY Abdul Savage

FIRST AND FOREMOST, I want you to, when reading both parts of this thesis, keep this in mind: This PIECE is not about you, me, any other political party or entity, at home or overseas, nor is it about any other thing, object, entity or person. It is about THE 

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GAMBIA IN SERIOUS CRISIS

By Nfally Touray

Now little over 20yrs since the military with a difference took over the rein of power in The Gambia. Too many promises were made and people so excited that at last meaningful changes was coming to a country living by hope.

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Breaking News!Col. Sam Sarr has Surrendered, again …to the Defeated Army!The Great Appeasement is underway in New York!

By: Kaba Sallah

Reports reaching the Resistance at the frontlines against the demoralized forces of the Butcher of Kanilai, Yaya Jammeh, have confirmed that, Col. Samsideen Sarr has surrendered, unfortunately, to the defeated and retreating forces. During the firefight, Col. Sarr was shaking so 

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One Word for O J and Darbo

From Sarjo Bayang
Current exchange of heated words between key political personalities Omar Jallow O J of People's Progressive Party PPP and Ousainou Darbo of United Democratic Party UDP falls on the wrong ground at a very wrong time.
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THE PAIN OF A BITTER-SWEET LOVE NEST

By Sulayman Jeng

Sam Polel is not handsome but has striking features and wore an aura of a likable personality. To some of his sceptics, he is a player. His friends, on the other hand, envied him, as been a ladies man. Anywhere Sam Polel goes, ladies fall for him like dry leaves fly from a tree branch in a windy afternoon. Unlike most of his friends,........................more







Fatou Jaw Manneh –  U.S African Summit. 

 By Yero Jallow, Gainako’s Staff writer.

In exclusive interview with Gainako, Fatou Jaw Manneh talks about the U.S African Summit, Gambia’s struggle and her take on some of the political issues at hand. .................................more








THE RESISTANCE IS BUT A FESTIVAL OF FORMAL AFFAIRS UNLESS…

The “struggle” has been recently rechristened the “resistance”. Either befits, it all just depends on who is talking; the old school or the young-who would rather bring their message to the street for everyday Gambians to digest. Did I just say “everyday Gambians”? .....................more








Thank you!

Dear Fatou,
Thank you so much for allowing us to post the Big Dreams Incorporated Back to School giveaway add on your website. It was a successful event, we have donated 250 backpacks and school supplies to needy students in our local community here in the U.S and .....................................more


Time Cost and Human Capital Damage of One Man Rule in Gambia

An autopsy by Sarjo Bayang

Money and material loss quickly comes to mind whenever people talk about 20 years misrule in Gambia. By good account of time and human capital cost since the advent of military dictatorship, overall loss to Gambia as a nation is scary to imagine.

Freezing Human Capital Stock

In all fairness with regards to capacity building of Gambians, more people have gained employable skills and other specialised functional capabilities in last 20 years compared to what obtained before military rule. 

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The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s sickening unilateralism and the sinking of the Gambian economy

By Mathew K. Jallow

The performance of the Gambian economy has been lackluster at best in spite of the glowing and often misleading reports by The World Bank and IMF.

http://www.wisafricana.com/








PPP Public broadcast Sept 15th 2014 on current state of Agriculty, trade and ebola in the Gambia 

http://youtu.be/FIwTieBau-I 







I am the “struggle”. You are the “struggle”. We are the “struggle”.

If I or you give any reason why you or I are in the “”struggle”, we create two units, that is, "you" over there and the “struggle” over there. When you are in a “fight” or “struggle” you become one with that “fight” or “struggle”.

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THE    ENEMY    MUST    ATTACK   YOU!

      FORWARD TO NEW YORK!

The recent out pour of calls, text messages and emails in enquiry of our wellbeing following the cowardly attacks by Jammeh’s gang of thugs at the Hay Adams hotel are highly appreciated.

Comrades, brothers and sisters, these attacks were inevitable and it may not be the last, as long as we remain a contending force against the reactionary Jammeh regime...............more


Are you what you post? That is the question! 

By Momodou Ndow 
Unfortunately, I grew up not knowing either of my grandfathers, they were both gone prior to my birth. I've seen a couple of pictures and heard bits and pieces of stories here and there, but I wish I was able to know more about them. .................................more







Islam, Colourism And The Myth Of Black Slave Traders - African Globe 

AFRICANGLOBE – Africans in the Diaspora have the challenge of rewriting a history that has been stained by years of distortions, omission and downright lies. One of the biggest challenges of rewriting this history has...............more







Africa Needs Science, Not Aid -  By NKEM KHUMBAH and MELVIN P. FOOTE 
WASHINGTON — When John F. Kennedy came to the University of Michigan to campaign for president in the fall of 1960, Africa was plagued with trade and governance challenges far ...............................more







Africa Can Feed Itself

Culled From The African Executive

The population of Africa is estimated to reach 2.4 billion by 2050. With rising population, demand for food will increase. The challenge will be how to raise agricultural productivity, feed this population, while not degrading the environment. 

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THE GAMBIA, AN OPPRESSED NATION WAILS IN AGONY

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands

What a shame. What a pain. Oh, What a Sin. My heart bleeds in agony anytime I think of Gambia’s frail situation. No Gambian can deny the Gambia is sinking in her own drips of blood purged by her very own children. Eh!....................more














IS THE STRUGGLE REALLY READY TO DISLODGE PRESIDENT JAMMEH?

One of psychology lecturers addressing a colleague accentuated “people with long names are most often than not very troublesome” and at the time, my classmates and I found it amusing. Testing his deduction on a randomly selected people with long names I was numbed by his startling precision.............more


Abdou Jeli Keita , former media practitioner flees Gambia

From Boubacar Sowe

I fled The Gambia on august 10, 2014. I was unlawfully arrested and detained under very brutal condition from the 1-2 of August 2014 for allegedly giving false information to Gambians and enemies of the Gambia government base abroad and belonging to opposition parties, an accusation which is baseless. Prior to fleeing the Gambia,........................more


Papa Kumba Loum Is Only Scratching His Itching Wound - Kaironews.com

By Sulayman Bah

First and Foremost, it is evident that Mr. Loum is a Loose PDOIS opponent, as a result, his article`s primary intention is to have a biting point on Sidia’s remarks, and this culminated in him to make an attempt of blowing Sidia’s statement out of proportion......................more

From Pappa Lowe


Palace Coup in Gambia Where Presidency Dies Without Succession Plan

By Sarjo Bayang

Looking other side of same coin

The big Issue of Gambia

Unable to perform the duty calls of president in 20 years forced rule, Yaya Jammeh needed to be honest by graceful surrender of a job he was never invited to take.

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Pappa Kumba Loum Missed the point and all of you mislead by his article. Fatou Jaw Manneh forwarding this rejoinder for publication please?- 

From Pappa Lowe- facebook
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN!

WHY DO YOU HATE PDOIS, SIDIA JATTA & HALIFA SALLAH; (ESPECIALLY HALIFA SALLAH) AND ALWAYS DISTORT, FABRICATE LIES, CARICATURE,...............more







AMADOU’S BRUSH WITH INJUSTICE

Amadou is a very shy but upright man who resides in Kankary Kunda. He alerts and avails himself to the needs and aspirations of his community particularly those who are in dire need of financial and moral support. Albeit he most often goes the extra mile to be there for anyone that requires his assistance in one form or another,........................more

By Papa Kumba Loum
Sidia Jatta of PDOIS, Please Note That Gambias Problem is More Than Just Adopting English As an Official Lanugage
Sidia Jatta’s recent assertion in a public lecture in Norway that adopting the English Language ..................................more





Terrorism as Theater 

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols........................more







DESIST FROM ABETTING PRESIDENT JAMMEH IN DESTROYING YOUR DAUGHTERS    -
 By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Parents most often sacrifice their personal dreams to build those of their children. The most fulfilling satisfaction of any parent is watching his or her children growing and living their dreams..........................more







Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World.

BY GEORGE B. N. AYITTEY. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp.vi-282. $ 28, hardcover (978-0-23010859-2).  - 

By Dr. Abdoulaye Saine

George Ayittey remains an important intellectual force of our time, in part, because of his criticism of Africa's political and intellectual elite. ..................................more







Welcome To Gamrock!

By Momodou Ndow

Welcome to Gamrock! Oh Gambia why Gambia?

A federal penitentiary with open skies and tighter than Alcatraz

Masses isolated in solitary confinement compelled to worship Babili

Escape a luxury only a few can 

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HOW TO WIN AGAINST TYRANNY: A CASE STUDY OF THE STRUGGLE VS HIDDEN AGENDAS, DELAYING TACTICS.   

  BY:  Ousainou Mbenga

“We must all engage ourselves in the struggle for the common good; there are none with clean hands, no innocents, no spectators. We all dirty our hands in the mind of our minds. Every spectator is a coward or a traitor”. ....................more







Who were the Gambians before Colonization?

By Ebou Jallow

See I told you so….... Since Jammeh’s coronation as King of Senegambia is in process (the accolades of Nasiru Deen, in reference to the former ............................more


UNLAWFUL PRISONER KILLINGS 100 percent unlawful: the killings that angered the world and stained a nation  -  

 by Lamin J. Darbo, UK

(maafanta archives)

In a confounding display of reckless and secretive statecraft, even some who still consider themselves officially connected and in the know swore on their lives that prisoner killings did not happen in The Gambia notwithstanding BBC 

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Soldiers harass Nigerian daily over report on military

Abuja, Nigeria, August 22, 2014--Nigerian authorities should stop harassing the independent newspaper the Daily Trust and allow its journalists to cover the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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HOW DO WE EFFECTIVELY TACKLE JAMMEH’S DICTATORSHIP?

Honest Gambians on his Facebook page has articulated, “Democracy is about individuals thinking for themselves with the aim of making informed decisions. Dictatorship as it obtains in present day Gambia is exactly the reverse, where one person aided by his close associates do the thinking for everyone else and see other views as wrong and not worth considering.” ...............more


PRESIDENT JAMMEH, ARE YOU A POLITICIAN OR A RELIGIOUS LEADER?

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands

It is often said one does not require university degrees to become a politician. However, for one to be a seasoned politician, one must have some basic knowledge and.........more








HISTORICAL NUGGET ON SENEGAMBIA

By Ebou Jallow

My fellow Senegambians I would like to share with you a Top Secret British Government document that I reproduced verbatim.   The UK Government declassified this memo in 1991, and it succinctly addressed the integration of the Gambia and Senegal into one nation..........................more







Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe enters Zanu-PF politics 

The wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has entered politics after being endorsed to become head of the ruling Zanu-PF party's women's league.

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WILL PRESIDENT JAMMEH NEGOTIATE WITH GAMBIANS FOR HIS PEACEFUL EXIT?

In an oppressive political and waning economic state, citizens often react to their malevolent situation variedly. Others lash out at the leadership. Some dive and duck reality by matching on like life is hunky dory. ...................................more






Tug of war between Diaspora protesters and Yahya Jammeh!   - 

By Our Economist

Gambian diasporas are at it again, bashing each other - claiming to make a headway, yet blaming each other at the sand pit almost like playing a tug of war during the Workers Day scheduled events at the Bakau Independence stadium, watched by Jammeh as the main ...............................more

Something is still rotten in the state of Gambia

By Foday Samateh

maafanta archives

Yahya Jammeh and his diehard supporters can slaughter hundred or thousand cows for a merry feast...................more

Africa Progress Report 2013

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan just released the 2013 .............more

To be King or not to be King -- that is the question. - from maafanta archives

ByFoday Samateh...........more







The Gambia: Dialoguing and negotiating with serial murderers; not in our name
By Mathew K Jallow

It is a brazen usurpation of the collective diaspora authority and an anti-thesis to everything the dissident movement so far stood for in the last two decades. Dr Abdoulaye Saine letter/article warning Yahya Jammeh, which appeared in several online papers,........................more







“PA BOJANG IS ALWAYS HELPING MY ENEMIES”, PRESIDENT JAMMEH PROCLAIMED FURIOUSLY

Matching in closed order with the aftermath of the recently concluded Washington DC protest which incited unprecedented publicity and bruised President Jammeh’s ................................more










A Federal Republic of Senegambia is the Solution

By Ebou Jallow

The land between the two rivers flowing from a common source at the Futa Jallon plateau, Senegambia, inherits a common a fate and an inevitable destiny: a union of a people separated by ..................................more







WHY DEMOCRACY IS GOOD FOR AFRICA            14.08.2014.

Democracy might be a word so familiar to most of us but it is often misunderstood and sometimes misused in an era when oppressive or military regimes have taken steps to claim huge support by pinning democratic values upon themselves.....................more








“I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE ME”, THE SEYFO TOLD HIS BEWILDERED AUDIENCE 

It was a cool and quiet Sunday afternoon. Amadou was sitting on a settee at the front room with his beautiful wife, Musukoi. He has his right arm around her waist as they watched the Seyfo’s meeting with the Balang Kunda ward. Their three children,....................more







America’s Foreign Policy: Based On Principled/Selfishness/Politics?  Implications On Our Struggle?

Though not mutually exclusive the following are said to inform US foreign policies:

1) America's Interest – National Security, Economics, Politics and rarely Social.............more








President Jammeh Must Immediately Enter into Talks with the Political Opposition and Diaspora Gambian Dissidents-  

Professor Abdoulaye Saine  Chair, CORDEG

By any measure, the August 2nd, 2014 political protests that greeted President Yahya Jammeh’s US-Africa Summit visit, was unprecedented in its skillful execution, scope, and success. Gambian dissidents traveled, at great financial and personal expense to Washington, D.C., from far-flung states like Alaska, California,........................more







WE ARE ALL HAVE ONE COMMON PROBLEM!!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my brothers and sisters for the job well done at the demonstrations that took place in Washington DC. You guys did a wonderful job. ................................more







Gambia postpones UN torture rapporteur visit, puts EU aid at risk 

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Gambia has postponed at the last minute a week-long visit by two U.N. experts on torture and extrajudicial killings, a move they said was ‘extremely worrying’ and cast doubt on the  country’s commitment to a better human rights record.

The European Union, which has given Gambia 75 million euros of aid in the past six years, ..........more







THE AFTERMATH OF THE AMERICAN DEMOSTRATION: ITS PROS, CONS AND LESSONS FOR BOTH CAMPS

President Jammeh’ recent gracing the US-Africa Summit has sparked unprecedented and widely publicized protests against the Jammeh regime by Gambian dissenters in America. On the one hand, President Jammeh was holed and shamed by the demonstrators who barricaded in his hotel for 

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In Cherno Alieu Jallow's Death, Gambian Financial Sector Has "Lost a Great Asset"
By My Basse News Staff
Cherno Alieu Jallow, a managing partner in the Banjul-based consulting firm DT Associates, died recently in The Gambia after battling an  illness for some time. Until his death, Mr. Jallow had been a partner with Deloitte & Touche in The Gambia and had also previously risen  through the ranks from assistant to manager with the accounting firm KPMG - Gambia.......................more





A short birthday message

By Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

As I turn 66 today, I praise and thank God the Almighty for the life he has given me. I am appreciative of enormous parental love, care and attention I enjoyed during my formative years resulting in making me what I am today. I was Baba’s blue eyed boy competing only with my kid brother Ginka of blessed memory..............more








Let’s Re-Group

By Abdul Savage

As much as “this struggle” is building momentum, it must remember or realize that its resources are not limitless, and time is of the essence or is crucial. So, it must gear and redirect its limited resources to maximize this despot’s removal, in the shortest possible time, ...........................more








REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE U.S.-AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Washington, D.C.

3:20 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:   Thank you so much.  Thank you.  Please be seated.  Well, good afternoon, everybody.  To Mayor Bloomberg, thank you -- not only for the kind........more








Re: Disinvite Gambian President Yaya Jammeh

Dear Fatou,

I stand with you. America should not even acknowledge dictators but should work with freedom loving people everywhere to encourage liberty and self-determination.

Your Friend,

Senator Don Shooter












THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA

STATE HOUSE

BANJUL

3rd August 2014

EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVES TO STOP MANIFESTATION OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICE

Taking into consideration that The Gambia belongs to all Gambians, it is deemed wise, right and relevant to address this letter to you on the recent intervention of the state in connection with the controversy surrounding the commemoration of Eid El Fitr .................more








“THERE IS ONE QUESTION I REALLY LOVE TO ASK PRESIDENT JAMMEH” CRAVES SAUL JENG

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Welcome to America; the United States Africa Summit August, 2014............more









People being independent of Yaya Jammeh’s idiocy campaigning manners on our zenith moral involvements, is a must and it cannot be weight out of reach for his inanity!!!

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Mr President-Remember That It Is An Obligation To Respect The Rights Of Every Human Being, So Please Release All Those Arrested For Praying To Our Creator!!! ........more

22/07/2014

The Editor-in-Chief

Maafanta.com

Dear Sir/Madam

DISCLAIMER

MY CASE AGAINST JUSTICE WOWO & CO   

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PRESS STATEMENT
RELEASE THE IMAM AND ALKALO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY
GMC demands the immediate, unconditional release of Sheikh Muhideen Hydara, the Khaliph ............................more












Let Jammeh stop “chackoo” talk and tell Gambians how he became richer than a nation whose resources the presidency keeps custody of

By Sarjo Bayang

In Gambia, the pet name for parrots is chackoo. Some keepers of parrot as pet grow fond of the fine colour bird and train them how to whistle. Does that make parrots talk sense?.........................more







THE BEGINNING OF THE END

By Farimang

Dark clouds gathering, quickly! Quickly!

Over Kanilai; in the head of the Sheikh

Clouding the mind of the professor

The Sheikh ranting, raving, raging

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Africa cannot lay claim on Barack Obama –

Alagi Yorro Jallow

There’s an understandable excitement at the prospect of somebody other than the usual suspects occupying the white House, arguably the most powerful job in the world.

Barack Obama, if he succeeds in beating John McCain in November,....................more

The Gambia: too late for committees, and too early for celebration
By Mathew K Jallow
If there is a revealing consistency in the Gambia’s struggle for political liberty, it is the collective inability to intelligently analyze the contemporaneous political situations at various points over time in order to craft exigent responses to their egregious human rights abuses. .................................more







Liberia And The U.S.  — In Historical Perspective

By Sainey  Faye 
JULY 26TH, 1847 …..On this date Liberia becomes Independent, the second only to Ethiopia to have political Independence. It was settled by African slaves returning home from chattel slavery from the U.S.A.,....................more






Could This Chicago Teen Cure Colon Cancer Someday? 

AFRICANGLOBE - Keven Stonewall likes to say “innovation doesn’t have an age,” which makes sense considering the 19-year-old could be on his way to curing colon cancer..................more








PULLING RANK

BY Abdul Savage

When I was in the Army, we used to call it “pulling rank”. I take this analogy and vaguely or succinctly apply it in the context of this “diaspora struggle” in the hope that we will learn a thing or two from it,................................more








Economic Superpower Status by 2024’ – Re- Rebuttal!

By Our Economist

Thursday, July 24, 201The president of the Republic has unveiled his plan to achieve an ‘economic superpower status’ for The Gambia in year 2024, four years after the Vision 2020 would have been achieved.

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‘Economic Superpower Status by 2024’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The president of the Republic has unveiled his plan to achieve an ‘economic superpower status’ for The Gambia in year 2024, four years after the Vision 2020 would have been achieved.

In a statement delivered on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution, His Excellency Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yahya Jammeh, whose 24-page statement touched on all 

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THE REVOLUTION THAT ROBS GAMBIA OF ITS SOVEREIGNTY

Reading the Daily Observer Wednesday 23 July 2014 editorial captioned “Still moving on” left me emotionally deflated and wondering what happens to the moral conscience of the editor-in-chief of the paper. On a second note,................more