14 January 2013

Gambia: Young Writer Launches Book On President Jammeh's 'Breakthrough'

A young Gambian female writer, who is currently pursuing law programme at the University of The Gambia (UTG), on Friday launched at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi, a book entitled, "Breakthrough The Gambia", which chronicles, amongst others, the strides of President Jammeh's herbal therapy in HIV/AIDS.

The scholarly work of Fatou A Drammeh, a youth activist, is an epic collection of poems, riddles, amongst others, that are written in appreciation of President Jammeh's breakthrough in HIV/AIDS and other debilitating diseases. Her book launch attracted scores of dignitaries, fellow youth activists and supporters of President Jammeh's treatment programme, who were at the luxurious hotel to celebrate Drammeh's success.

Launching the book on behalf of President Jammeh, the Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology permanent secretary, Dr. Pap Sey, extolled the efforts of Drammeh in coming up with a book on the "breakthrough", and described her as a source of inspiration to the youth of the country.

PS Sey said as a government, they will continue to help the likes of Fatou Drammeh in pursuing their career up to the highest level, while acknowledging that the country is blessed with a sea of talents that should be harnessed for the development of the country.

The Higher Education PS also acknowledged the selfless and humanitarian strides of the Gambian leader, citing his treatment programme as remarkable. He underscored that President Jammeh has created the enabling environment for Gambians to harness their talents, thus calling on them to capitalize on the opportunities placed at their disposal. "This is an era of the youth; it is an era of knowledge and competence, and I urge the youth to make best use of them," he enjoined.

Deputising for the Basic and Secondary Education minister, the director of the National Library Service, Abdou Mbye, underscored education as an essential investment, stressing that his Ministry attaches great importance to the culture of writing and reading. Stating that reading enhances the natural intelligence and creativity of people, Mbye called on the youth to emulate the likes of Drammeh. He thanked the author for creating the awareness on President Jammeh's treatment through her book.

The director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economics Affairs, Momodou Sabally, an author himself, made a commentary on the book, and lauded the great intellectual work of Fatou Drammeh. He noted that the launching of the book by a writer as young as Fatou, goes to show the strides President Jammeh has made in developing the education sector of the country, as well as in creating the environment for the Gambian youths to harness their potentials.

The national coordinator of the Child Protection Alliance, Njundu Drammeh, praised the author for her foresight and the efforts she has put into publishing the book. He underscored that people should not only dream big but keep their dreams alive, noting that this has been the case of Fatou Drammeh, who worked under him at his Alliance's teen advocacy branch - the Voice of the Young. "Dream big; aim very high; aim for the stars, you might not reach them, but you will not come down with dust," Drammeh was quoted as saying: "you do not need a degree to write a book but you need a story to write a book."

The veteran child rights activist enjoined Fatou Drammeh to push beyond what she has achieved in the further realisation of her dreams. An uncle to the author, Baba Njie, thanked President Jammeh for supporting the young writer, and for his strides in the education sector of the country.

For her part, Fatou Drammeh, said the book is dedicated to President Jammeh in appreciation of his breakthrough in finding a cure for HIV/AIDS and other diseases. She stressed that as Africans, there is the unquestionable need to believe in the treatment programme of an "African man" since there is no disease without a cure. She spoke of her resolve to champion this cause of President Jammeh by raising awareness about HIV/AIDS for the benefit of the whole world.

The young writer called on the private sector and other establishments to buy the book and help in spreading the message. She thanked President Jammeh for all his support to her work, as well as her parents and well wishers for their encouragement.

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