Senegalese Mbalax star, Vivian Chidid N'dour and Cape Verdean singer Phillip Monteiro performed Friday night at the APRC 'Peace & Love' gala dinner, held at the Senegambia Beach Hotel garden in Kololi.
The event, which witnessed thrilling performances by the two artistes and some Gambian musicians, was presided over by the vice president and minister of Women's affairs, Her Excellency Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy among scores of other Gambians. It provided APRC supporters, militants and well-wishers the opportunity to wine and dine together.
The event, according to Fatou Lamin Faye, the minister of Basic and Secondary Education who is also the chairperson of the APRC Fundraising Committee, was organised to generate funds for the party for the upcoming April 4th Local Government Elections, as well as support youth and women empowerment.
"This is indeed an important event for the APRC as it has once again made it possible for supporters and well-wishers to come together to dine and share joyous moments with the gem of The Gambia, Africa and above all the champion of peace and love," she said, referring to the Gambian leader.
The Basic and Secondary Education minister further stated that the colonisation of The Gambia and dehumanisation of her people is a matter of historical record, adding that the advent of the Second Republic under the APRC party's leadership made it possible for the visible liberation of the country from colonialism and a focus on achieving lasting peace and stability.
"Politically, socially and economically, The Gambia has come a long way under the leadership of President Jammeh. The spread of peace, love and good governance is providing our investors the conducive environment. The Gambia has been transformed into a rising star in all spheres of development," Minister Faye said, while urging the party supporters and militants to work tirelessly to prove to the whole world that indeed here in The Gambia where slavery began is where the future lies.
"It is therefore our concerted responsibility as a party and population to continue to decolonise the mind and spirit that have the potential to reverse the gains registered thus far under the APRC rule and stewardship of His Excellency the President. We must continue to promote the principles of self-love, Gambian optimism and respect for human worth and dignity and we must also continue to strive for healthy, educated and highly skilled population in order to ensure adequate human resources not only for The Gambia but for the African Continent," she added.
She then thanked the sponsors of the event on behalf of the APRC party leader, the fundraising committee and the entire APRC membership.
"I wish to thank the Sapphire sponsors and the Platinum Plus and Platinum sponsors and as well those who donated various sums of money towards the event. All of you indeed have supported a worthy cause," she concluded.
The event was characterised by raffle draws and presentation of special valentine gifts to VP Njie-Saidy by two kids.