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WAG reveals 100 most influential Gambian writers

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The Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) has on 24th August 2020, released the full list of The 100 Most Influential Gambian Writers.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) at a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts”, leading to the cancellation of the Dr. Lenrie Peters Memorial Awards for Gambian Literature 2020 and the Kunta Kinteh International Book Festival (KKIBF), the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) has published the list of “The 100 Most Influential Gambian Writers.”

The list ranged from three generations: the generation of Dr. Lenrie Peters to the generation of Nana Grey-Johnson and Momodou Sabally, and then the younger generation of Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe and Modou Lamin Kejera; who has been the first Gambian writer to be shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

The list featured highly prolific Gambian writers and scholars who have immensely contributed to the literary development of The Gambia.

 

Notably among those featured in the list are:

Dr. Lenrie Peters, Hon. Halifa Sallah, Dr. Samba Fall, Hon. Hassan Bubacarr Jallow, Prof. Lamin E. Sanneh, Prof. Sulayman S. Nyang, Dr. Ebrima Sall, Hon. Nana Grey-Johnson, Dr. Ebrima Ceesay, Ebou Dibba, Dr. Tijan Sallah, Momodou I. Sambou, Dr. Florence Mahoney, Amie Sillah, etc.

 

CRITERIA

One must meet at least one of the following:

  1. PUBLICATION: have published at least a book
  2. CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY: have played a significant role individually to the literary/ educational development of The Gambia
  3. CONTRIBUTION TO WAG: Have contributed and/ or contributing to the development of the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG)
  4. INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: have published an internationally acclaimed work/works

 

The 100 Most Influential Gambian Writers are:

  1. Dr Lenrie Peters
  2. Ebou Dibba
  3. Gabriel J. Roberts
  4. Prof. Lamin E. Sanneh
  5. Prof. Sulayman S. Nyang
  6. Hon. Hassan Bubacar Jallow
  7. Dr. Tijan Sallah
  8. Hon. Halifa Sallah
  9. Lady Augusta Jawara
  10. Prof. Abdoulaye Saine
  11. Momodou I. Sambou
  12. Dr. Jeggan C. Senghore
  13. Dr. Ebrima Ceesay
  14. Amie Sillah
  15. Fodeh Baldeh
  16. Swaebou Conateh
  17. Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha
  18. Hassoum Ceesay Sr
  19. Hon. Nana Grey-Johnson
  20. Baaba Sillah
  21. Dr. Ralphina D’Almeida

22 Janet Badjan-Young

  1. Patience Sonko-Godwin
  2. Juka Fatou Jabang
  3. Dr. Florence Mahoney
  4. Prof. Pierre Gomez
  5. Dr. Cherno Omar Barry
  6. Hassoum Ceesay
  7. Hon. Demba Ali Jawo
  8. Dr Bala Saho
  9. Hon. Sherrif Bojang Sr
  10. Sir Charles Sarr Thomas
  11. Sherrif Samsudeen Sarr
  12. Ramatoulie O. Othman
  13. Dr. Momodou Sallah
  14. Dr. Seedy Drammeh
  15. Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow
  16. Hon. Momodou Sabally
  17. Rohey Samba
  18. Sally Sady Singhateh

41 Essa S. Colley

  1. Ebou Gaye
  2. Nyada Yoba Baldeh
  3. Hon. Dr. Mariama Khan
  4. Sukai Mbye Bojang
  5. Dembo Fanta Bojang
  6. Yankuba Mamburay
  7. Michael Hamadi Secka
  8. Yaya Sillah
  9. Musa Bah
  10. Cherno Jatta
  11. Dr. Samba Fall
  12. Saikou Ceesay
  13. Khadija Sise
  14. Musa E. Jallow
  15. Fafa Edrissa Mbaye
  16. Dawda E. Faal
  17. Ba Musa Trawally
  18. Bakary Sidibeh
  19. Dr. Ebrima Sall
  20. Dr. Abdou Jeng
  21. Dr. Ousman Gajigo
  22. Dayo Foster
  23. Dr. Jabez Ayodele Langley
  24. Dr. Abdoulie Sallah
  25. Saihou Camara
  26. Mary Caroline Gomez
  27. Cherno M Njie
  28. Salifu Kujabi
  29. Benjamin Roberts
  30. Matilda Johnson
  31. Bakary Sanyang
  32. Ann Therese Ndong Jatta
  33. Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe
  34. Modou F. Singhateh
  35. Joseph H. Joof
  36. Papa Jeng
  37. Cpt (Rtd) Lamin Saine
  38. Mary Wadda
  39. Omar Champion Cham
  40. Cherno Gaye
  41. Lala Touray
  42. Cornelius Gomez
  43. Rohey Balora
  44. Momodou Jarjue
  45. Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne
  46. William Conton
  47. Ebrima B. Sawaneh
  48. Famara Fofana
  49. Aisha Jawara
  50. Wuyeh Drammeh
  51. Essa Bah
  52. Talibeh Hydara
  53. Latirr Carr
  54. Ndey Kumba Demba
  55. Alieu Bah (Immortal X)
  56. Modou Lamin Kejera
  57. Ismaila Saidybah
  58. Omar NK Ceesay
  59. Aji Ndumbeh Jobe
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