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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 

The Gambia: Remembering the April 10 2000 Students’ Massacre (April 2011).
By Mathew K Jallow

1. Reginald Carroll
2. Karamo Barrow
3. Lamin Bojang
4. Ousman Sabally
5. Sainey Nyabally
6. Ousman Sembene
7. Bakary Njie
8. Claesco Pierra
9. Momodou Lamin Njie
10. Ebrima Barry
11. Wuyea Foday Mansareh
12. Bamba Jobarteh
13. Momodou Lamin Chune
14. Abdoulie Sanyang
15. Babucarr Badjie
16. Omar Barrow (journalist & Red Cross volunteer).

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

You Are Not Forgotten

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










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 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








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 

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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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







AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PRESS RELEASE
18 December 2013
The Gambia must immediately release three opposition members convicted of sedition
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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.

Fatou, I believe I heard on Pa Nderry’s online radio program yesterday that you will be making an appearance on the show. Please, advise me of confirmed date and time, so that I will make time to listen to it. I was glad to hear that, and as a result, I decided to pen this little tidbit I now hereby share with you, and hope you can forward it to, and or share with Pa Nderry.

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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










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. I am 20 years old today and I hope by the time I will be 21 Inshallah, we will be able to restore democracy in our dear motherland. I am dabbling into politics but my parents are totally against it. ...............more










Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do 

By Robert D. Kaplan

Many years ago, I visited Four Corners in the American Southwest. This is a small stone monument on a polished metal platform where four states meet. You can walk around the monument in the space of a few seconds and stand in four states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. People lined up to do this and have their pictures taken by excited relatives..............................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. Also, the non-existent promises the practice usually
comes with or justified with could be heartbreaking. One thing I am certain and do not compromise with is the fact that the blade has lifelong consequences on its victims. Despite this, some of our grandmothers, mothers, aunties, guardians and custodians of culture want us to remain silent..................................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, or no way at all. You cannot go and you won't not let no one go pass you. Gambians have leadership syndrome, which make it so difficult to come together as a united force. There were many attempts to forge a united front before exp NADD etc. and most recently the Raleigh conference. .........................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 student of International Relations and Conflict, I got inspired and excited for the opportunity. Dr Abdoulaye Saine is an inspirational figure with vast knowledge on African Leadership and Democratization and here is my conversation with him.I don't know the good doctor myself so I plugged his name into google and talked to him and his friends. ............more




THE OUTREACH

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

By Oumie Sissokho

International Women’s Day is celebrated on each March 8th.  All days are important to celebrate women as mothers, teachers, farmers, nurses, doctors, peace-builders and charity-workers, etc. but a special day set for this recognition also gives us opportunities to ‘face’ the ...................................more

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

Aside from the above metaphor, Jammeh is indeed a two – headed tapeworm, one sucking Gambian blood, the other slowly eroding the bowels of its secondary host –Senegal - by inflaming Casamance, ...............more



CORDEG’s Utterly Blurred Vision

By Lamin J. Darbo

Its leadership is almost entirely Diaspora-based, with some absent from The Gambia for two, maybe three decades. Under Professor Jammeh’s Constitution, none of those leaders are qualified to contest any public elections slated for 2016/17. Outside the cyber political world, the organisation and its leadership are unknown, and crucially, to all but probably a negligible fraction of the home-based electorate. With no money on the table, it nevertheless pretends to the title of “... home to Gambian opposition political parties and Civil Society organisations at home and in Gambia’s various Diasporas”...................more



Answering The Question – 

Was Jawara A Dictator or Not?

Jawara Was A Dictator And His Administration A Dictatorship!

Some English definition of dictator

  1. “A ruler with absolute power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force”.................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


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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 generally isolated, publicly shamed, unequivocally condemned, socially sanctioned and even legally punished both in the interest of justice and for the good of society. Not the mercurial dictator who demands to be called His Excellency, Doctor, Professor, Sheikh, Alhagie Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, Nasirudeen, the President, ..........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                                             2

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

Since society is the collection of individuals, the formal and non-formal institutions in it are their social creations informed by their values and attained through ..........more

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)
Abdul Savage, let me first state to you that I definitely don't know you and in the same vein neither do you know me. .............................more


PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S HOUSE IS ON FIRE

Voice of reason opined “when one wants all, he loses all” such is manifested in President Jammeh..........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. That the district chiefs and other trumpeters of sanctioned views of the officialdom are representative voices of the public, and not the slobbering minions and surrogates canvassing and contriving to dupe the unsuspecting nation into endorsing a sacrilege against the Republic by turning it into a kingdom to crown the president a monarch......................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.
May you live to 150 years Yaya Jammeh
So the grandchildren of fathers you've axed, shot or buried alive
Can come visit you in a cage
Then you will be half man and half animal 
This new generation of Gambians can make you a scientific object /subject of study.......................more






Happy Independence Day Senegal!

Senegal you make us proud

by Fatou Jaw Manneh
Senegal you make us proud
Nothing but respect dear Senegal...................................more
(from maafanta archives)
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








This Thing About 'Ashobies'

More Than the Dress and the Chic, Culture and Identity Take Center Stage 

Gambian Women at an Independence Day Celebrations in Banjul

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By the Editors

The Ashobie (group-wear) is a hardy perennial of Gambian social gatherings. On special occasions, say, weddings, christenings, Christmas celebrations, Muslim festivities, end of circumcision rites, political campaigns, folks can be seen dressed in similar, breezy outfits.....................................more

Read more: http://www.mybasse.org/

 Press Release

We wish to announce the launching of a new website, wisafricana.com. The website is in part devoted to activities affecting the local community in Madison, Wisconsin. Of broader interest to the public, is the website’s book section, which endeavors to serialize three books on contemporary social and political issues. Each of the books touches on a different political profile in an effort to add to the understanding of the issues and how these affect society. Introduction to the first of the three books is published free of charge for the information of the public, but in order to read subsequent chapters, a token contribution is required. Except in rare circumstances beyond the author’s control, a chapter of the book will be published on Sunday night of each week in categorical order beginning with chapter one. To access, the website, please follow the attached link: http://www.wisafricana.com/. Once there, the reader can mute of the playing video and turn the volume down. Good reading and come back again.
Mathew K Jallow

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.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014,our father, (Baba)Seni the patriarch of the Ceesay Clan, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Headmaster to thousands of school children over the years; answered Allah’s call to return home; leaving our hearts saddened.

Summarizing your life in a short tribute seems impossible. To your children, you were more than just our dad; you were our friend and our hero.  In us, you have instilled the love of God, seed of discipline, integrity, hard work, self-reliance, respect, love for each other, and great expectation...................................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






 





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:
I am glad that you've taken time to author such a brilliant blog post to set the records straight. For, it is really high time that someone came out to debunk these pernicious lies perpetuated in so many quarters by so many folks; folks who will go to any length imaginable to smear our first president, Sir Dawda, and ..............................................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
In August of 2013, we came forward as a group to appeal to you for your support to Omar, an 11 month old with a birth defect in need of a life saving corrective surgery to live a normal life. You gave us your unwavering support by donating..., spreading the word and helping this angel in fighting for his life. Enough funds were raised to cover both surgeries that little Omar underwent, travel costs to and from Dakar, accommodations and all expenses incurred by his family during the course of his treatment....................more

Send all emails for now to fatoujm@gmail.com


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, 

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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 as our official language is our major Problem is at best a half truth. With all due respect to Hon. Sidia Jatta, I do not believe for once that having English as the official language in The Gambia is the main cause of our problems.....................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. He has for several decades exposed both economic and political excesses of Africa’s most notorious- Mobutu in Zaire, Abacha in Nigeria, .......................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 Mauritanian conqueror of Senegambia 1673-1803, and his latest title Babili Mansa which connotes ‘the ruler of the land between the two great rivers- Senegal and Gambia rivers’), 

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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 geopolitical dismemberment since the colonial era and the contemporary balkanization of the sub-region into two sovereign states, and a troubled Casamance. ..................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. I’m really proud of you and I salute you all..............................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, 

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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

As humans, we often reach certain heights in our lives when it seems everyone adores us beyond comprehension.  Some will burst into uncontrollable tears at the mere sight of us while others fight fiercely in our defence irrespective whether .................................more







Welcome to America; the United States Africa Summit August, 2014
Choosing a title between two competing ideas, ‘Welcome to America and Letter from America’ was not quite like wrestling an alligator, but it, to some degree, symbolized the difficulty of how to convey a message that resonates with the wider African ...............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!!!

Is it an ‘Apocalyptic Phenomenon Guises’ tearing through the fabrics of our Senegambian society whereas, already weaken but threaten to the brink of collapsing fore by the so much hypocrisy in flaunt of which, many lost folks of like Yaya Jammeh can’t do without its flaws of judgment?..................more








22/07/2014

The Editor-in-Chief

Maafanta.com

Dear Sir/Madam

DISCLAIMER

MY CASE AGAINST JUSTICE WOWO & CO   

My attention has just been drawn to a letter in your online tabloid captioned: My Case Against Justice Wowo & Co, purportedly written to you by me. I hereby categorically deny being the author of the said letter, and hence this disclaimer.

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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!!! 
I just can't help it but to add my voice of reasoning among many voices after watching you on TV addressing our Muslim Ummah in which, in my humble opinion, you unfortunately transgressed all bounds either knowingly or unknowingly but still,............................more








PRESS STATEMENT
RELEASE THE IMAM AND ALKALO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY
GMC demands the immediate, unconditional release of Sheikh Muhideen Hydara, the Khaliph General of Darsilami Sangajor and BuyehTouray, the Alkalo of the same village in Foni Kansala District, West Coast Region. They have been arrested and detained since Tuesday, 29th July,............................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, and re-direct our fire, or focus. But then again, who am I to submit anything to anyone so that we can learn a thing or two from it? Who am I?  ................................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







GCC

The Gambia: Celebration of two decades of murder, mayhem and misery

The Gambia Consultative Council (GCC), an organization designed to raise awareness about the tyranny in The Gambia,.......................more








Sigga Jagne on Petition to Disinvite Yaya Jammeh 

Yahya Jammeh and his junta has continuously murdered, abducted, imprisoned, assassinated, humiliated, tortured and terrorized innocent Gambians since his seizure of Power in 1994. He ordered the murder of 13young students and..........................more








Karmic Angels To Tour Gambia with Ex-Premiership Football Stars & Artistes

By PK 
Ex- Barclays Premiership and English national team footballers and celebrities will next February play an international art-football match with ex-footballers of the Gambian national team and artistes at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.........................more








Reminder
By Ebou Gaye
As you celebrate your coup d’état of 22nd July 1994 misnomer revolution, I deem it fitting and timely to- once again- remind you of some of your innumerable promises which are yet to be fulfilled,..............more







WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO CELEBRATE ON 22ND JULY MR PRESIDENT?

22nd July 2014 is another year which retells the accounts of Gambia’s nightmarish and tear-jerking political and economic squashing for the past twenty years by a one-man absolute government...................more








The Yahya Jammeh 20 year rule legacy.

By Mathew K. Jallow
1. A few shiny urban area buildings
2. A couple of feeder roads
3. 500 and 1000 Gambians/non-Gambians murdered
4.150 Gambians and non-Gambians summarily executed
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CORDEG Press Release
As we usher in yet another year of Yaya Jammeh’s brutal rule, CORDEG would like to express a heartfelt sympathy to all the families that have either lost loved ones, faced or continue to face persecution in the hands of this brutal regime. The sad reality is, not a single family in the Gambia, has gone untouched by Yaya Jammeh's wrath- it has been a disastrous 20 years for Gambians......................more








A United States of Africa? Not Yet 

An August summit in Washington aims to take some modest steps toward an old dream ...............more







The Gambia: The pernicious challenges of a struggle and the promise of
the rebirth of a nation
-  

By Mathew K. Jallow

This is not another heart-wrenching narrative about the intoxicating barbarity, which the AFPRC military regime has foisted on the Gambia for the past twenty years. Far from it. It is a narrative about a struggle in much need of unanimity in action and a clear sense of direction....................more









July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

by Fatou Jaw Manneh

From maafanta archives

July 22nd in the Gambia, 1994

Is the day that democracy died

The day the devil evaded our sight

And of course he came cloaked in a white robe

The day that we all were fooled

The day that sanity is doomed in the Gambia.....................more








Bad lawyering by greedy people like you only after your pockets
- Economist to Justice Nkea
Gambians have always placed tremendous emphasis on prosecutorial tunnel vision, and rightly so, they did without any complaints accepting any verdict as God's wish. ................more

The 20th Year Of The July 22 1994 Take Over


On July 22nd 1994 (20 years ago) Yahya with fellow junior soldiers of The Gambia National Army overthrew Jawara and his seemingly indispensable People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government out of Banjul.  This was after almost 30 years in the dugout in Banjul but not without warning that people don’t want perpetual stay in power in the form of Kukoi Samba Sanyang’s 1981 coup. ....................................more








Halifa Sallah is a Gambian politician.
Halifa Sallah is a Gambian politician. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of the Gambia and a member of the Pan-African Parliament. He represented the constituency Serrekunda Central until the 25 January 2007 National Assembly election, in which he lost to Sainey Jaiteh of the ruling APRC.............more

By Banjul Justice Leader








Justice Emmanuel Nkea, a leopard cannot shed its spots. - By Mathew K Jallow

Nkea, You came to my consciousness more prominently during the trial of Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh, in the CCG case. I followed the track of your questions to the prosecutors and I was convinced you were going to be impartial and free him. For me, it was more than my fellow CCG comrades on trial; it was about justice.................more







My Case Against Justice Wowo & Co.

Dear Editor, please permit me space to use your medium to correct some misconceptions and to truly inform the Gambian Public on why I sentenced Wowo, Njogu, and Jobateh.

Every Gambian and anyone who claims to love The Gambia knows that Wowo is a Jammeh Man, so also is Njogu and Jobateh.......................more






LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

Condolence for the passing away of the late Alhagie Ebrima Momodou Mbenga

On the occasion of the passing away of Ousainou Mbenga's father, Alhagie Ebrima Momodou Mbenga, members of the GCC wish to extend their heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to you and your family for this great loss of your father. GCC is further saddened by the fact that due to your activities in fighting for the ...............................more

The Struggle has enlightened us, not brought us down

By Ousman Gorrmack

Recently, the president of Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC), Alhaji Momodou Lamin Touray said that no Muslim should dislike Yaya Jammeh because of what he's done to spread Islam in the country........................more









Stop Fighting Wrong Wars

Should CORDEG and/or other groups succeed – Yahya will probably go and we may have something better than of Yahya.  Should they fail – the status quo in the diaspora remain.  The problems at these organizations are neither to be celebrated nor national problems to mourn. Hope we can collectively and/or individually strive to make them work for what they exist for – that could be a winner for all!

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GrandMa Sirreh says:

Whoa Yaya Jammeh. Unbelievable. North Korea of all places.????

Chaa aaaaaaaaaa







TO MY CRITICS

BY Abdul Savage

Allow me to address this to all:

Relative to “using force” in the Gambia, I know what is involved in terms of logistics and manpower, and since I did not and do not have access to such “logistics” and “manpower” that is why I did not come out publicly and told Monster Jammeh “to pack up or he will be packed up”/...............more








TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHER AND COLLEAGUE HONORABLE ALHAGI BUBA SIDIKI MICHAEL BALDEH OF THE GADHR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION (DAKAR) -  Tuku Jallow-Kane
It is time for the FULLAs to write a petition to Yaya Jallow-Jammeh's father Alhaji Benteng Jallow-Jammeh or Zainab Suma Jammeh about their son or husband being so .............more

Below is information Professor Lamin Conteh wants you to kindly publish for public information. Thanks.
Here is the Bank information and details:
- Bank: Bank of America
- Account Name: Hon B Baldeh Memorial/ Lamine J Conteh
- Account # 435012062685
- Routing # 051000017.
Dr. Lamine J. Conteh, CFE
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Donald R Tapia School of Business
Department of Accounting, Economics & Finance
Saint Leo University
Langley AFB, VA 23665
Email: lamine.conteh@saintleo.edu
Office Phone: 757-766-1814
Mobile Phone: 336-708-2682

From Mathew K Jallow








The Gambian Timber Workers Scold Chinese Over “Exploitation” 

- newafricabusinessnews.com

About 150 timbers workers calling themselves ‘Gangalleh’ in the West Coast Region of The Gambia,  have begun “an indefinite protest” demanding an end to “exploitative working conditions”....................more








GIVE IT BACK TO WHERE IT BELONGS !!!!!

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

Tracing his ancestry through six generation – slave and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects – back to Africa, he discovered a sixteen year-old youth, Kunta Kinteh. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in ................................more








Asian Interviewer: "Can you address their concerns Mr.Chang?"
MR. CHANG: "The concerns of Black people? Yes I can. The fact is, that we all live under a system of White Supremacy. We Asian people look back at our long history of conflict with the European. We observe their strategies and develop our own, in response and in kind.................more

culled from saul mbenga facebook page







Mr President "Yahya Jammeh" what do you think of yourself? Do you think Gambia belongs to you or do you think you're untouchable? You are nothing in the eyes of Allah (SWT).

- By Sada Njie
Remember we are all created by Allah and we shall all return to him one day. You might be powerful today but can be nobody tomorrow............more







OVERBLEEDING AFTER CHILD BIRTH AND WHAT TO DO  ABOUT IT

       This is one of the biggest danger to the expecting women in The Gambia and even in Africa. Women , after giving birth to a child end up bleeding to death. I am going to tell you what causes it and what every one should do which can save lots of lives. It is not a serious issue if we know what to do to help the woman.............more


IT IS VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!!!

BY LAMIN SADDAM SANYANG,

THE NETHERLANDS.

The dead of Hon. Buba Baldeh is a big lost to the Gambia and Africa at large. He is a true patriot. He lived and died for the Gambian people. Hon. Buba Baldeh will never be forgotten, he will be always remembered. May the endless blessing of Allah (SWT) showered upon him and all those passed away before and after him.

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Rest in peace Hon. Bubacar Baldeh

The Committee for the Restoration of Democracy (CORDEG) mourns the untimely passing of our comrade Hon. Bubacar  Baldeh. Hon. Baldeh was an illustrious son of the Gambia who died fighting tyranny until his last breath. He inspired many by his courage, his unflinching love of country and family. .....................more







THE MAJOR SIGNS OF PRESIDENT JAMMEH’S EMINENT FALL

Islam has taught us Muslims the minor and major signs signalling the end of the world. Suffice it to add whatever has a beginning has and end. With that inevitability in mind, many entreat for an honourable final hour.......................more







Our Own Gambian Struggle

By A Concerned Gambian

The Diaspora Gambians should perhaps now focus, we believe, on extensive and wider consultations geared towards devising ways and means of addressing and circumventing the current impasse in our legitimate and rightful struggle (irrespective of differences in political ideology, allegiance and approach)......................more







Why Deny The Dead Their Rightful Resting Place??? 
This is unimaginably painful, disgusting and totally unacceptable in every sense of the word...Yaya Jammeh.....What is really wrong with your conscience? Do you think that you are doing what is right and pleasing to your Creator? How can you answer to your questions on the day of Judgement? Are you taking into consideration that we are in the holy month of Ramadan?
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UDP's Lansana Jobarteh convicted to a fine of D50, 000 to be paid before or August 1st or face a jail term of  1 year . Lawyer Darboe is appealing. He is charged for  using iphone via skype to relay 2 UDP meetings at Brikama and Buffer Zone.

UDP meetings to Freedom newspaper. He was charged with broadcasting without license . - He spent about a week in NIA detention before charge by Bundung Magistrate court. 
From Gambia







Evil Yahya Jammeh Denies the Remains of Buba Baldeh To Be Laid To Rest In Basse Mansajang   - 
 By Papa Kumba Loum
Sad news coming from Senegal and Gambia that Yahya Jammeh has given instructions that the remains of the late Buba Baldeh former Member of Parliament and Minister of Youth and Sports and Culture during the PPP era will not be allowed to enter the Gambia to be buried......................more








MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE

MR BOUBACARR MICHAEL BALDEH

The Campaign for Democratic Change, Gambia (CDCG) has learned with extreme sadness the death of Mr Boubacarr Michael Baldeh which occurred in the Republic of Senegal. The campaign recalled the tremendous achievements the late Mr Baldeh registered in the public service of The Gambia. ..................................more







Rape as a Perverted Hobby in Jammeh’s Gambia

By A Concerned Gambian

We have been following, with utter dismay and disgust (even though not yet with all detailed accounts) the revolting, disgraceful and despicable story of the strong and respectable Gambian lady Ms Aisha Njie and of other innocent young Gambian .....................more

Obituary Announcement 

The Gambia Consultative Council

July 9th 2014

A  BRILLIANT STAR HAS FALLEN FROM THE GAMBIAN GALAXY

His indefatigable push for the voice of the voiceless, the implementation of sustainable bilateral relationship within the Senegambian sub-region and the return to democracy in The Gambia, from Fulladou to Mansajang and from Banjul to Dakar perhaps made him the glue that closely held together all those around him refusing to yield to neither fatigue nor fear. 

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WHEN PRESIDENT JAMMEH SNEEZES, GAMBIANS CATCH THE COLD

By Sulayman Jeng, Birmingham, UK

Aisha Njie’s recent worrisome revelation of her sexual molestation by President Jammeh left me conjecturing whether Gambians genuinely care about one another and the Gambia.......................more








HANDLING AND TREATING SNAKE BITES

By Bamba Jabbi

It is about that time of the year in The Gambia where lots of people are bitten by snakes and in most cases the victims die. Snake bites is treatable and I have treated few of those during my times in The United States Army as a member of the medical group. If the steps I am going to mention here are followed, the chance is that the victim is going to survive. It takes up to three hours for the snake venom to kill the victim .............................more








Hail the King

By Modou Nyang

That the desire for royalty in Banjul would ever come to pass has always been taken with a grain of salt by serious political pundits. But this one caught most if not all flatfooted. Partly maybe, because the coronation took place off-base and out of radar away in the land of modern-day mother of crowns where the art of crowning is best, the almighty Great Britain.  Yep, Jaliba Kuyateh was crowned king in Bristol and the ceremony was fantastic. It was a spectacle to behold.

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KILL ME QUICK PLEASE KILL ME 

By Malik Kah
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU KILL ME
OH LORD KILL ME QUICK
YOU RAPED ME YOU SPAT AT ME
YOU HUMILIATED ME ...
OH LORD JUST KILL ME 
PLEASE KILL ME QUICK
AM A WALKING DEAD
MY VIRGINITY STOLEN
MY DIGNITY STOLEN ...
MY ASPIRATIONS PUT ON HOLD
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Concerned Gambian:

Hello Fatou. I just read your article on the Struggle. I can do the usual reaction and say "well done Fatou, this is a masterpiece" but I will not. The Situation in Gambia is way too serious and goes beyond complimenting good articles. Yes, the article is excellent and I would like to discuss the ff;

 1. You offered an excellent rendition of the early days of the military junta citing your encounter with Koro Ceesay. This clearly shows that you are one of the pioneers of The Struggle and have witnessed all its various phases. This is an immeasurable asset. 

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The Gambia: the autopsying of a fragmented idea and the reengineering of the struggle

By Mathew K Jallow

A far less talked about split; one of, perhaps, even much great consequence, is the earlier divide between GCC and the concept that slowly and laboriously grew out of Raleigh; now CORDEG. To begin, Raleigh was contemporaneously hyped up in radio and print broadcast as a broad, yet organic representation of willing Gambian individuals and dissident .......................more







Senegal Prime Minister Aminata Touré quit! 

Aminata Touré has just resigned. She left the Prime Minister less than a year after his promotion to replace Abdoul Mbaye.Aminata Touré announced at the Palais from 16:00 formally submit his resignation and the government..................more








How to uproot the dictatorial regime from power

By Sulayman Keita, UK
Is now  twenty years ,Gambians being it opposition ,non opposition and  those living in diaspora have been  doing their best to flush out a dictatorial regime of  president Yahya Jammeh from power  in Gambia , in order to restore a vibrant democratic  government  that will run the affairs of the tiny West African nation that is yearning for peace ,democracy, human rights  and rule of  law.
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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







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.

I am writing from Gambia. I have admired the likes of you and Mathew Jallow from a distance and wish to exchange a few thoughts with you regarding the oppression in Gambia and the Struggle.I have noticed you have taken a rather dignified and somewhat back seat role in the Struggle. Can I ask why you are unwilling to take a more upfront role?...................more







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

-  By Mathew K Jallow (from Mathew Jallow)

The idea of Raleigh was not born out of a lofty social creed or ideology driven emotion; nor was it impelled by illusions of utopianism in Gambia. After all, the nineteenth century is long gone, and with it went Karl Marx’s delusional “dialectical materialism” and Vladimir Illich Lenin’s maddening “proletariat revolution;”.....................more







Watch The Mic!

By Momodou Ndow

Watch the mic! It is hot sensitive and intoxicating

Covered by cumulonimbus clouds the airwaves hang low

Ten feet from the ground and twenty thousand feet high

So dark so heavy and so full of moisture

Voices pouring down like monsoon rain with clapping thunder

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The Gambia: The CORDEG and GDAG tiff; remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining By Mathew K Jallow

The shocking resignation from CORDEG, of GDAG, the principal organizer of the historic Raleigh Conference, under the leadership of Alkali Conteh, followed soon by more resignations of three senior CORDEG executives; Jaineba Bah, Lamin Tunkara and Demba Dem, is significant in many ways. It is significant not so much for the existence any sense........................more







TWO UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS TO VISIT THE GAMBIA

Confirmed information’s reaching us, have it, that the Government of the Republic of the Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh, has recently in March 2014, extended a formal invitation to two UN Special Rapporteurs on the question of torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to visit the country for a fact- finding mission................more








THE STOCKHOLM YOUTH CONFERENCE WRAPS UP WITH A SUCCESS

The two-day conference organized for and by Gambian youths living in the Diaspora had wrapped up over the weekend in Stockholm, with participants' heads held high.

The event that brought together young activists from different walks of life, served as a platform where young Gambians living in the Diaspora were ...............................more








Gambia on the list of shame too-------forbes.com

Thailand Slammed for Human Trafficking in U.S. State Dept. Report

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PRESIDENT YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE GAMBIAN WOMEN!!!  - 

By Lamin Saddam Sanyang,

The Netherlands.

According to President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, he cares about Gambian women. He is ready to help them in all means and he also ready to die for protecting them. Well my fellow countrymen/women, I am wondering what Mr. President understands from the words help, cares, and protect. Because from 1994 to date, the great flood of tears that the Gambian women are crying for their lovely .....................................more








ROOTLESS ROOTS HOMECOMING FESTIVAL AND INFAMOUS JULY 22

  By:  Ousainou Mbenga

Now that the desperate Jammeh regime has rolled – up the blood-stained carpet after the welcome of his special guests to the annual Roots Homecoming Festival; it wouldn’t be long before he rolls it out again to commemorate July 22, marking 20 years of ruthlessness towards Gambia and the dishonor his regime has brought upon our ROOTS and “NATION”. ..............more








The Gambia: Kukoi Samba Sanyang; a revolutionary to the bitter end

By Mathew K. Jallow

By every measure, he was a towering presence among Gambia’s Baby Boomer generation; yet the story of the man who stood shoulder high above the rest, reads much like an excruciatingly painful Greek tragedy that only Sochocles could craft with effortless transcendence................more







An Essay on Decadence of Morality in The Gambia

By Musa Camara

Conclusion: Part 7 of 7

Today, as the Gambian wonders what has become of his country he can’t seem to find the answer with precision. In his own country, he is a virtual slave. If he lives abroad on either side of the Atlantic from his country, he’s effectively marooned in exile. This is true only because he did not search any deeper. After acquiring bachelor, master or doctorate degree, he can’t go back to live free in his country.............more







Islam, Democracy, Dictatorship and Human Rights

Reminding Dr.Baba Ceesay of Cairo Declaration and Rights to Freedom (Sura 3: Al-Imran: 79)

By Alagi Yorro Jallow

Recent demagogic statements by Dr.Baba Ceesay, an Islamic Cleric in the Gambia, are not only extreme and vicious, but could incite violence in the country and endanger the lives of innocent Gambians. As such, real Muslim scholars must come forward now and refute his deceitfulness. Baba Ceesay must be countered, not by use of invective language and violence, but through a solid textual arguments and interpretations, based on the Qur'án and Hadith. Moderate Muslims scholars have a duty to challenge Dr Ceesay, expose his deception and point people to the truth. If our scholars can prove that Baba Ceesay’s hate-filled message is contrary to the teachings of the Qur’an and Hadith, then his appeal, even among his followers, could be significantly undermined.

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Who should police the Gambia police force? 

By Abdoukarim Sanneh, Enfield Town, London

Many African Countries are democratising their police and security service through reforms so that the public have a say, check and monitor the abuse of power. Police and Security force in the Gambia should be an accountable democratic constitutional framing of justice and fair play. ..................more







Letter to  islaminthegambia.com

By Momodou Kaba Fatty

"Most of you do not have any credibility in the eyes of the Gambian people because you started insulting the government and destroying the image of our beloved country after you lost positions or had legal issues with the state. Despite your low moral grounds"...
Above is the view of one Dr Baba Ceesay, a recent graduate from the University of Medina who made incendiary extremist pronouncements in his so called Islamic conference, and is now in damage control to exonerate himself from the fall out. Having only listened to a quarter of the video I am compelled to depart from my usual moderate language and tell this novice of a scholar ibuka Malu!!. 
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Resources and the Political Framing of Agricultural Development in the Gambia- A discourse separating facts, fiction, and reality. 

By Abdoukarim Sanneh

The proper use of science in political message help is spreading fact not mystification. Science 

is about discovering the unknown through careful and diligent study. For many years, agricultural development in our national political debate is political constructed as a quick fix solution and this is really far from the practical realities. There are natural,..............more







Collaboration or Unity

By Abdul Savage

THIS Article, like with all my articles, and public pronouncements, are considered public domain. So, please feel free to share with any and all audience, in any and all settings or medium, Facebook, Twitter, etc, in order to provoke and stimulate discussions, which I hope will lead to fruitful................more








THANK YOU ESSA BOKAR SEY - By Sulayman Jeng

I heard my father once said that one can say “it tu hunuko ma eh halaam…koono it tu hakil lema eh am alaa”. In a nutshell, it means, one can tell another not to partake in one’s conversation but to stop a person from either monitoring your activity or paying attention on your deeds is impossible. My path and that of Essa Bokar Sey crossed in 1990 when both of us were students at the Gambia college school of Education. We shared the English class for two years........................more







The Gambia’s Selfish Elite Class: - The true story of greed for power, position and materialism under Yaya Jammeh  by Abdoukarim Sanneh

For almost 20 years in power, it is really unimaginable how a quarter baked semi-literate soldier turned civilian was able to sophisticatedly manipulate our elite class. It used to make many surprised and angry but for few the reasons are with the traits and character of petty bourgeoisie in the context of class struggle; it is easy to connect the dots.............more







Yaya Jammeh is an Insult to Gambians (Part 1)

By Lamin Ceesay

His Attitudes and Behaviours are degrading the fabric of our society

A civilized country like the Gambia with highly educated people is still unable to choose a leader who will manage the affairs of that country for the betterment of all.  Gambia is the only country in the world with a mentally deficient so-called president. Yaya Jammeh is a slapped in every Gambian face whether we like it or not. People working for or with Yaya Jammeh should know that they are on a suicide mission.....................more






Political Volatile of

Nothing in our Desires

Whereby Sonorous but

Deadly to the Cores of worth

Naught in our Gambian Merits of Autonomy hence Defamed by Yaya Jammeh’s Tyrannical Conspiracy

As Mostly in Need of Affirm Morals in all Panoramas!!!

Is what Gambia and people could not daydream of being at its nucleus scene with anybody, whatsoever and let alone living in the evilest manner of governance with regards to their affairs being run in such probable of dismay and hysteria due to their cultural and natural upbringing of hence Godliness of uphold, family instinctive and self-esteems of accrued renowned.....................more







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 of diminishing returns- a point after which nothing good follows or a situation where there are more negatives than positives. Let’s take a journey through the last 19 years and make an impartial assessment of the Jammeh administration. Shall we?............................more