Sainabou Ceesay, a young writer and third year student ofLaw at the University of The Gambia on Sunday launched her first book, entitled, 'Rebirth and Re-wakening of the Gambian People', at the Banjul City Council (BCC) hall, Banjul.
Speaking at the event, Samba Faal, the mayor of Banjul, who represented Her Excellency Aja Isatou Saidy-Njie, the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, commended Sainabou for a wonderful research and subsequent publishing of the book. "It is quite exemplary," he said.
Mayor Faal quoted a renowned African writer, Nguigi Nwantogo, as saying: "Every writer is a writer in politics but it depends on the part of spectrum you are on." He noted that there are two sides of politics: politics of development and politics of deception. "What she has highlighted in her book is politics of development that His Excellency is engaged in," he pointed out.
In his launching remarks, Tombong Saidy expressed delight to see a young lady with academic excellence, writing this useful book about the development taking place in The Gambia. As the title the book indicates, Saidy noted, in this era Gambians are becoming very much awakened, noting that they have to thank the players for the great job.
"Indeed," he went on, "the author's book will open a lot of opportunities for other aspiring writers to follow". He told the gathering that all those that have played the significant part in the development of the country are alive, particularly mentioningPresident Jammeh for immensely contributing to the author's education. He therefore encouraged other students to take the footpath of Sainabou, especially students who have elements of creativity that can benefit Gambians.
For his part, Hassoum Ceesay, the reviewer of the book, congratulated the author on her achievement in publishing this book. He described the book as relevant and interesting; that it is relevant because it has in its contents the development the country has registered since July 1994."The author has indeed tried and captured all the significant events and development that has takenplace; these involve health; education; infrastructure; sports; culture; tourism; commerce and agriculture among others," he highlighted.
Another interesting part of this author's work, according to Ceesay is its usefulness for researchers particularly in the step taken by His Excellency to empower women and youths and the role of women in the evolution of this country. He said Sainabou has done a very good job to put together this lovely and elaborative book for the reading pleasure of students and individuals.
Ceesay observed that nowadays hardly a week passes without a book launch. "I am not sure if Gambians are reading but they are writing and it is a great development compared to the past whenhardly a book will be launched in a year," he added.
The chief launcher of the book, Dr Henry Carrol, expressed delight at the book launch, saying it is not just for today's reading but also for tomorrow and ever. Dr Carroll talked much about the author's hard work and advised her to keep up the momentum.
Sainabou Ceesay, author of the newly launched book, said it is important that every Gambian said 'thank you' to Mr. President in any way they could for his initiative and for developing the country. She said what motivated her to write the book was His Excellency's achievement from July 1994 to date. "Each time I see musicians praise HE with beautiful songs, the only question I do ask myself is how can I say thank you to him for what he has done for us in this country, " Sainabou remarked.
Among her new works in the offing, Sainabou said she is having two books presently with editors and they will be launched this year.