I had the pleasure of becoming familiar with Gendered Voices from The Gambia: A Gender Perspective in Selected Gambian Books while serving as a lecturer at the University of The Gambia.
In the 229 engrossing pages of 'Once an Arafat Man', the story of a Palestinian named Tass Saada is told with a deeply moving touch. The book opens with the childhood experience of Tass growing up in a squalid refugee camp in Beriji, the Gaza Strip. Born in 1951, Tass and his family moved to Saudi Arabia, and then Qatar to search for opportunities.
In this book, Christo Brand – an Afrikaan warder who guards Nelson Mandela in prison – tells the incredibly moving and unlikely friendship they struck whiles Nelson Mandela was serving his prison sentence on Robben Island, Pollsmoor and Victor Vester prison.
In Change We Can Believe In, Barack Obama outlines his vision for the United States (US) and its standing in the world. The 299-page unputdownable book contains the policies and programmes that Obama had devised to win over American voters when he first threw his hat into the presidential ring in 2008, which pitted him squarely with the Republican candidate John McCain in a contest for the highest crown in the US.
Those hustling dirty teenagers you find at the car parks singing the monotonic Banjul-Banjul song may not be a bunch of outcast or thieves in disguise. They probably have had love around them;
The Battle of Sankandi: Critical Analysis of Colonialism in The Gambia
Instant Success: Ten Keys to Personal Achievement. Momodou Sabally. The Gambia: Fulladu Publishers, 2011. 72pp
Columns and columns of roaring sea waves shored. Each punch on the broad, bare chest of the lumped earth threatens to burst the banks of the river. If the earth was in pain, it also seemed to be gaining from the love affair with the water. The serenity of the atmosphere was, therefore, not disturbed. Not when it was 6:30 in the morning. Not when the sun was only half-awake. And, definitely, not at the touristic beach of Kairasu.
David Henige (2006) traces the beginning of the use of oral tradition as historical evidence to the period after the Second World War.
By Robert Greene, Profile Books, Paperback, 207 pages