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Women and politics: Fact, fiction and the way forward

The political wheel of any nation that is rooted in democratic principles, rotate on the axis of equal participation of the people regardless of colour, gender or creed. There can be no proper welfare without the contribution of the masses and it is from such conviction that our times demand the empowerment and involvement of women in the political and decision-making processes of the nation at all levels.

Dr Chris Hewerith (Christian-Muslim scholar)

Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and from 1999 to 2005, as the adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. In this edition of The Diplomat, he speaks to Sainey Darboe.......

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 6)

The Organ of the Revolutionary Students (ORS) had gone to print over a time by now and it was distributed in all the major secondary and high schools. Its impact was like a tsunami in the body polity of the Gambian educational system. Before, we used to have “Sunu Kibaaro” from Saint Augustine's High School (SAHS) with the head boy Karamo Sonko as editor-in-chief and later Henry Paul Batchi Baldeh. This was a school bulletin that updates events in SAHS, sports events (the principal, Father Gough championed sports) and academic excellence. It had very good reportage and a simple layout. The language was exemplary as both Karamo and Batchi were distinction students and head boys.....

Muhammad: A timeless love

“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.”- The Qur'an About 1,400 years ago in the arid desert of the Arabian peninsula, an angel descended on the Mount of Light to the best of God's creatures. His name was Muhammad. And the archangel, Gabriel, came upon him that day with a message that would change the landscape of human existence forever. A message that produced some of humanity's best intellectual, spiritual and material achievements. Unarguably the best thing that ever happened to humanity on all levels, was the descending of Gabriel on that fateful day in the cave of Hira to reveal on the heart of Muhammad, the eternal message of God, Almighty.

Stop posting nude pictures on social media

How does one explain the trauma of seeing a naked picture of a close family, friend or a familiar face that you might have bumped into at a learning institution, during the scramble for vehicles at Serekunda market? Society has learned that some uncouth persons have been posting naked pictures of others, especially ladies, on Facebook, Viber and sharing them via Bluetooth. These pictures are mostly images of their once intimate partners that they have fallen with. ...

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 5)

The Gambia National Insurance Corporation was situated on Wellington Street, next to Gambia Airways' head office. These two were handsome buildings. It was with a certain air of status working at GNIC. The guys wore finely ironed shirts and long trousers, a neat tie to match well polished shoes and the ladies with beautiful dresses and conventional Jerry-curl or relaxed hairdos. I had just finished reading “Soledad Brother – The Prison Letters of George Jackson” and glancing through works of Frantz Fanon, his “The Wretched of the Earth” and “Black Skin, White Masks”.

A strong poetic voice The Phoenix: A Collection of Poems by Juka Jabang Fulladu Publishers, 2012, 78 pages

The 34 poems in this new, and second collection of poems by The Gambia's leading and most consistent female poet Juka Jabang, can be thematised into three broad veins: celebration, lamentation and coronation. These beautiful poems treat a wide gamut of topics that serenade beauty and tenacity especially of the African woman, decry their suffering, and are positive also that the day is nigh when the pains of Africa will be crowned by success and happiness...

RED BLACK NONSENSE

Over a year ago, an essay I had penned on this series or column (for I am yet to discuss with Mr Sheriff Bojang what exactly these essays qualify as) a piece which was re-published last week by Mr Bojang's prestigiously named “Standard” on the reluctance of the “high and mighty” to contribute rather generously to the growth of our nation. When the essay was first published on The Standard, I was privileged to attend the naming ceremony of the child of one of our nation's currently most powerful decision makers and ironically walked into a line-up of some of the most successful Gambian entrepreneurs of modern times (of which Mr Bojang himself completed the said line-up from the left). I discussed the essay with a few of them as the others rushed through the newspaper either naive to the fact that a couple of them had come to mind when I penned it or just plain dismissive considering the fact that my length of days on their “green earth” was as short as their designer Italian shoes' soles. ...

Dr Chris Hewerith (Christian-Muslim scholar)

Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies and has worked in the field of Muslims in Britain and Christian-Muslim relations since 1986, first at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Selly Oak in Birmingham and from 1999 to 2005, as the adviser on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. He recently spoke with Sainey Darboe....

Breaking the omerta: One woman’s recount of her MOJA activism (part 4)

“The police had to see everything, know, understand and have power over everything. The strength and perfection of their machinery appears all the more terrible because of the unsuspected resources they dragged up from the depth of the human soul....

Stopping the division in Islam

The Muslim ummah needs unity and healing to be able to hold onto the ancient teachings of the Qur'an and the prophetic sunnah. These two sources of Islamic law and guidance have always emphasised the need for unity and abhorrence of sectarianism. The Qur'an commands the believers in very clear words: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves.” This command is an equivocal call to all Muslims wherever they might be. To collectively unite and avoid division and stay far from it.

And then she said: (By Alieu A Bah (Immortal X))

Aren't we but theological misfits Obnoxious to the powers that be Filling the Pharisees with rage Denying that our God dwell apart We died to death itself, many moons ago Survived the aftermath of dear life ...........

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