Category: Essays

Misinformation

Wednesday this week, a reader of Observer online called to vent spleen on what he regarded as our newspaper’s part in the unholy complot in our country to promote mediocrity. He was vexed because according to him, in just one week, we carried two ‘self-glorying bull**t, third-rate PR articles on Gambia Ports Authority public relations…

Briefing statement by Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Welcome to another press briefing of the Ministry of Justice following the last one in May. As usual, the primary purpose of our press briefings is to provide the public with periodic updates and relevant information on the progress of the activities of the Ministry as part of the Ministry’s policy of engendering transparency and…

To challenge Goloh and have a fighting chance, the opposition parties came together and formed a coalition. A Memorandum of Understanding was drafted and willing parties signed on. This was their only factual chance, and it worked! Goloh was defeated and sent packing. The freedom clouds rolled in and they ranged from dark grey to…

Can’t cage her: tribute to the late Dr Ralphina Phillott-Almeida

My dear Dr Ralphina, I salute you with utmost respect, It is with a heavy heart that I write you this memo; hoping that beyond the material cage that this earthly life encases our spirit, this message reaches you in the rarefied realm you have risen to. I learned of you demise yesterday [July 4th]…

The day we rebelled in Armitage

Some years ago (maybe to this day), attending Armitage was a big prestige. At least among many provincial Gambians. The school has raised against time to maintain its prestige as good school. Armitage students and ‘products’ always wanted their presence felt in every gathering. On the contrary one synonymous description for Armitage students among rival…

Ralphina de Almeida is not dead.  She strongly lives in us and through us in our children!

 By  Alagie Jinkang The eternal sleep that has come to take Mother Ralphina de Almeida is very untimely. She has gone to sleep so soon especially when she should be enjoying the demise of the most brutal dictatorship she has enormously fought against in spirit and physic.   The author, poet, feminist, activist, lecturer, counsellor and…

 By Cherno Abdourahman Bah (Tha Auspicious) Paaaa!!!! Just like you, I was surprised as to where that sound was coming from. I just realized that it was the landing of a nasty slap on my tiny and corroded chick. ‘You’re nothing to me but a ne’er-do-well and a vagabond,’ my wife thundered. My wife and I…