6 November 2000

Gambia: Amie Faye: Gomez Reacts

Banjul — George Gomez chairman of Gomis Promotion on Monday reacted to allegations levelled against him and Gomis Promotion by the former Miss Gambia and ECOWAS beauty queen, Miss Amie Faye.

In a press briefing, Mr. Gomez denied all the allegations saying that as far as Gomis Promotion was concerned they owe nothing to the former beauty queen, and that he is not aware that the ECOWAS committee owes Amie Faye anything, as she had claimed.

However, he hastily added that if Amie Faye had come to them and told them that she did not receive all her presents, they would have followed up for her through the Department of State for Trade.

He said from day one they have been having problems with Amie Faye, even when they tried giving her the necessary support she needed.

Gomez said on several occasions, they have warned Amie Faye about her behaviour, but that she told them in no uncertain terms that Gomis Promotion would not rule or control her life. "Being Miss Gambia doesn't mean that Amie Faye should live above everything.

" Amie Faye in her own words apologised before a Secretary of State and a Permanent Secretary. She confessed to what she did.

"Now, if she goes around saying things, she is not being fair to us, because we made her what she is."

On the issue of her travelling without a chaperon, Gomez explained that whenever they found a chaperon to travel with Amie Faye she would refuse saying that she wanted to choose her own chaperon. "Who is Amie Faye to dictate to us. What we did for Amie Faye we never did for any Miss Gambia, not even Amie Saine who won the first Miss ECOWAS. We gave her a victory celebration. She never got in touch for anything. Even when invitations were passed through us for her, she never honoured them; only the ones that were sent to her directly."

On her ticket to Germany, Mr. Gomez said it is true she never got that ticket but it was through her own fault because Pascal Eze of the Daily Observer was the liaison officer for FTI, and he made an appointment with Amie Faye to pick her up, but she failed the appointment. So Pascal Eze told them to get in touch with Amie Faye and told her to take her passport to FTI at her own convenient time. "She refuse until FTI packed up, so whose fault is it. Why is that girl so treacherous?" Mr. Gomez announced that he just found out from the ECOWAS committee that Amie Faye signed a contract with them that they would give her 50% of her money, and when she returns the crown they will pay her the balanced 50%.

To the press, Gomez said they must be balance in their reporting and always try to hear the other side, and not to publish sensational stories.

Meanwhile, the Miss Gambia 2000, Isatou Njie, left Banjul last Sunday for the Miss ECOWAS contest which will be held tomorrow in Cotonou, Benin. Miss Amie Faye is expected to grace the occasion to hand over the crown.

Publication date: November 3, 2000

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