The launch of Mr Jagne’s autobiography is scheduled to hold at the Paradise Suites Hotel today November 6 at 16:00pm. According to a statement made available to The Standard, the National Centre for Arts and Culture is supporting the formal launch of the 150-page publication of a man who has been widely seen as a towering figure both in literacy and civil service circles.
It reads: “A retired Gambian teacher and civil servant, Kebba Landing Jagne popularly called Oustass Jagne has published a 150-page autobiography titled, ‘Seeking to Succeed’ which is to be launched on Friday 6 February 2015 at Paradise Suites Hotel. The book traces his early life in Farafenni, his student days in Mauritania, Egypt and Sudan, his twenty years teaching Islamic studies at Armitage High School and career in the civil service until his retirement in 2003.”
Kebba Landing Jagne was born on 12 December 1948 in Farafenni, North Bank Region. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1973. He also holds a master’s degree in linguistic studies from the Arab League Postgraduate Insititute, Khartoum, Sudan, in 1979. Jagne worked as a teacher for many years and rose through various positions culminating in his appointment as vice principal at Armitage High School in Janjangbureh, Central River Region. He was redeployed to the administrative cadre as assistant commissioner (now deputy governor) at Mansakonko, Lower River Region from 1994 to 2000. Jagne was also deputy permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Religious Affairs from 2000 to 2003. He served briefly as principal assistant secretary, Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice. He retired from government on December 12, 2003 after twenty-nine years of service.]]>