Other volunteers including members of the association were given various awards and certificates in recognition of their “invaluable voluntary services to society”. The highlight of the occasion was the award to the former Teranga now Star FM broadcaster Nfally Fadera and one Abass Kinteh.
Explaining their choice of Nfally Fadera for the award, the organisation said: “Universal Peace Federation acknowledges as ambassadors for peace those individuals whose lives exemplify the ideal of living for the sake of others, and who dedicate themselves to practices which promote universal moral values, strong family life, interreligious cooperation, international harmony, renewal of the United Nations, a responsible public median, and the establishment of a culture of peace.
”Transcending racial, national and religious barriers, the Ambassadors for Peace contribute to the fulfilment of the hope of all ages, a unified world of peace wherein the spiritual and material dimensions of life are harmonized. We are recognizing not only Nfally’s support to the organisation but for dedicating his life for the cause of humanity; for his clear daily translation of newspaper articles for the benefit of the illiterate majority, and for his selfless youth services at both University and community levels”.
This year’s event was punctuated by a spelling bee competition which saw 17 participants battle it out for the top prize. The three finalists who emerged winners were Lamin Tabally, Bintou Drammeh and Awa S Touray.
Nfally Fadera anchors a daily Mandinka news programme on Star FM radio on which he reviews and translates newspaper articles for hundreds of thousands of illiterate Mandinka-speaking Gambians. He started his journalism career in 2010 at Teranga FM radio where he produced and presented a similar programme. He also served as secretary general of the University of the Gambia Students Union, and co-founder of UTG’s first student magazine Beyond The Cover.]]>