Home Opinions

Opinions

Lessons from the institution of prophecy

A radical revolution of existing ethos towards positive ends. A revolution rooted in revelations emanating from the heavens above. This sums up the entire movement that characterises the institution of prophecy. Because at the core of the struggle of the prophets is to radically change the ways and dealings of the people they were sent upon. To alter their psyche towards the higher cardinal virtues, which according to their own teachings is embedded at the core of the human spirit. This is no easy struggle. ...

Gambian girls: ‘We are taken to Lebanon and forced into prostitution’

Over sixty young Gambian girls who claim to have been promised better paid jobs in China end up in Lebanon working as house maids. The girls are seeking authorities’ intervention to come back home as they are subjected to ill-treatment. Many of them who spoke on condition of anonymity recount their bizarre stories in a telephone interview....

Distorting history – A response to Jainaba Bah’s ‘Omerta’ series

'Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of different sort; one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.' Che Guevara History is a controversy. Historians often differ in their narrative of a historical event, albeit in doing so, they may all barricade themselves with what each of those historians may term 'historical facts.' That is because 'facts' in themselves may constitute controversies. A historian is not simply one who dabbles in the past in the conventional sense as it is understood. A participant could be a veritable historian, and in this regard, certain narrations by participants on their lives render autobiographies veritable historical documents. Invariably, ...

Dr Tijan Sallah (Poet, Economist)

May I start by first of all asking you to introduce yourself. Tijan Sallah: My name is Tijan Sallah. I am a writer on the side. My formal profession is economics. I have published to date, about eight books: three books of poetry, one book of short stories, a work on ethnography on the Wollof, two anthologies of poetry, one is The New Poets of West Africa, and the second, The New African Poetry, which covers the new poetic voices from all over the continent, from Egypt to South Africa. And most recently, I have published a biography of Africa's leading novelist, Chinua Achebe. I have also written works of criticism, works on art and the social sciences, economics and so on....

West Africa and the hunger crisis

Dear editor, More than 18 million people across West Africa are in the grip of a growing hunger crisis. Crop shortages, rising food prices and insecurity have left more than one million children facing starvation. We must act now to prevent this....

From Africa to Europe: A surprisingly dangerous journey for migrants (Thousands of refugees from Africa die on their way to Europe in search of...

Birame Ndiaye's seatmate looked down from the jet's window. The plane, white, unmarked except for some numbers on the tail, flew high above an expanse of unfamiliar scrubland dotted with small cities. No one had told him, or the 62 other men on board, where they were going. No one had told them anything during the month they'd been detained at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands. That was 800 miles north of Dakar, where they'd embarked from before spending 10 days at sea and getting intercepted by the Spanish coastal patrol....

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 9)

As events were unfolding, Saikou Samateh (Saiks) and Buba Senghore (Bob) were frantically trying to locate a lawyer to get us out. They succeeded in getting Bai Modi Joof. A lawyer with long robes and one worth his white wig! I was sitting at my usual corner, when one of "our trusted" officers came with a piece of paper for me from Sajo Jallow. Sajo was in his cell appealing almost to the point of begging that I should not break down whatever the cost! Of course his life was hanging on a thread, facing sedition, treason charges, conspiracy you name it, and it was stamped with his name! I wrote on the back of the paper that he should write his will and perform his last prayers as I have given the officers a library......

FGM Advocacy: a time to reflect

Advocacy and sensitisation are tools we use to make known the issues we wish to adopt or curb in our societies. The successes of our various campaigns will be reflected on how the masses embrace whatever we are calling to. We can't measure our triumphs by how much of literatures, billboards or conferences we offered on the issue. Sadly, it seems we have focused too much on those means and forgotten the end. And this is especially true with regard to the fight against FGM.....

The duty of the educated

A word of advice to the recent graduates.

Pope Francis: has his revolution even started?

After a full year in office it ought to be fairly clear what kind of pope the new man in the Vatican is turning out to be. Yet if you survey the raft of commentaries on the first 12 months of Pope Francis, which have appeared all around the world in recent days, you discover a surprising lack of agreement. A battle is underway for the soul of the pope....

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 8)

Torture is one of the most extreme forms of human violence. As a victim it strips you of all self-worth leaving you with a dramatic feeling of helplessness. Think about being degraded and brought within an inch of your life! Well, Daba Marena and his colleagues did devise a method, or rightly, methods of inflicting pain. Excruciating pain: violence trauma, cruel, inhuman, ruthless and degrading... *******

Why is there conflict between Islam and the West?

Dear editor, Let me categorically state at the beginning that I am neither a Muslim nor a Christian. But I am a human being and the clash between the West and Islam will be vital to the course of world events over the coming decades. Therefore, it is of interest to me.

Must Read

Tapha Manneh lifts another Cup in Liberia

Gambian Coach of former Liberian champions, Liberian International Shipping & Corporate Registry, LISCR FC Tapha Manneh has added another accolade to his growing list...

“Adama Barrow is our Holy Moses”: How much has changed in 2 Years?

By Alagi Yorro Jallow When President Barrow assumed office in January 19, 2017, most Gambians looked up to him as the miracle man, the holy...

Brikama rally’s political message

By Basidia M Drammeh Though the organizers of the much-vaunted Brikama rally have not disclosed the agenda of the rally, the overriding motive is unmistakable. Championed...

“Nobles” versus “Slaves:” Deep mistrust within Sarahulleh communities aggravates caste conflicts

By Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, Researcher on Contemporary History and Politics specializing in slavery abolition in West Africa Whereas “Ganbaanaxun Fedde” succeeds in winning global attention and...

The obligation to protect and promote human rights

By Almameh S Manga Quick reminder here on the role of the state in the promotion and protection of human rights as well as safeguarding...