Mariama Faye, a 22-year-old working at The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) was in the early hours of Saturday crowned the winner of the Face of Gambia competition, which was organised by Fabec's Promotions, held at the Jerma Beach Hotel in Kololi. Abisatou Tunkara and Tosin Susan came second and third respectively.
A total of ten contestants; namely Yassin Bah, Abisatou Tunkara, Tosin Susan, Bintou Camara, Ara Saine, Isatou Singateh, Kumba Bojang, Kaddijatou Cham, Rohey Camara and Mariama Faye participated in the competition. It was characterised by series of pageantries and a showcase of different attires including traditional wears, casual wears, evening wears, as well as speeches by the contestants. Speaking at the competition, Lena Hydara, of Fabec's Promotions warmly welcomed the spectators to the 6th edition of the Face of Gambia, noting that the prestigious event was the work of a well renowned Gambian glamour guru of international fame, Fatima Jabbie.
She revealed that the purpose of the event was noble as the aim was to showcase the beauty of the Gambia through fashion and pageantry. According to her, they hope to profile Gambia on the world stage of fashion; thus to serve as a source of attraction for investors, tourists, international conferences and conventions. She further noted that it would also enable the young ladies to not only showcase their beauty but also their intellect and talents. For her part, Fatima Jabbie, the founder and CEO of Fabec's Promotions, thanked the main sponsors, judges and all those who contributed to making the night a success. She expressed satisfaction at the turn out and thanked the contestants for their participation.
Jabbie proudly noted that it took her ten days to make the competition happen. Princess Shynle, former contestant of Face of Gambia, now working with Gambega, expressed gratitude to Fatima Jabbie for helping young Gambian ladies to explore their potentials in the fashion industry. Yassin Jagne, winner of the Queen of Companies, wished the contestants a success in their endeavours and thanked Fabec?s Promotions for organising such an important event.
Speaking to this reporter shortly after being crowned as the Face of Gambia 2010, the 22-year-old Mariama Faye, revealed that this is not the first time for her to participate in such programmes and expressed delight at the victory. According to her, such a competition would help her contribute to the socio-economic development of The Gambia. She hopes to further develop herself, so that she can represent the Gambia in Miss World. The event was characterised comedy and music by renowned Gambian artistes such as Singateh alias Freaky Joe, Modou Musa Ceesay and Da Royal B.