A writer and director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs is set to launch two books this Saturday at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
The books to be launched by Momodou Sabally are 'For The Gambia: Living the National Anthem'; and, 'To The Gambia: The Smiling Coast'.
Speaking at a press conference held at the National Centre for Arts and Culture Monday ahead of the launch, Sabally explained that "For The Gambia: Living the National Anthem" seeks to illuminate the beauty as well as inspirational and spiritual messages and themes embedded in the gem of the prayer that is the National Anthem.
His words: "Using vivid local proverbs and aphorisms, the author enjoins the citizenry to embrace and 'live' the many inspirational themes conveyed in the nation's prayer. This book brings a refreshing approach to exploring the themes of patriotism, nationhood, national pride and many other values that help form the foundation upon which meaningful lives can be built for Gambians in particular and world citizens in general."
Sabally said that in addition to highlighting rational, practical ways to live the National Anthem, the book, gives anecdotes from the lives of exemplary personalities such as President Jammeh whose speeches on the national anthem inspired the title [of the book], and the late Sir Edward Francis Small, to whom the book is dedicated, as rich lessons from which people can learn.
"Other inspiring personalities from different spheres of society are also cited as role models in patriotism including the legendary football icon, Biri Biri," he added.
He continued: 'To The Gambia: The Smiling Coast' is a collection of inspiring poems. With poems like Kanilai, Smiling Coast, Give a Smile, Go Discover, Gambia Nice, Home Coming, Island City, this book captures the touristic spirit, warmth and friendly nature of The Gambia as a country and Gambians as a people. This anthology extols the achievements of Gambian women at home and abroad."
Sabally described the two books as twin sisters, noting that the second book calls for a spirit of unity and patriotism in nation and peace building as encapsulated in the poem Building Bridge. He added that some of the poems give sincere advice to youths to be more responsible and encourage them toward the part of self-reliance.
The author thanked the Gambian leader for his support to the two books. He added that the launching will be attended by government officials, young people, relatives, and well-wishers.
On his part, Muhammed Loum of the local outfit Gelewaar Publishers said he is proud to be associated with the publishing of the two books. He described Sabally as a hardworking man who dedicates most of his time to reading and writing. He thanked the Gambian leader for his support, while urging the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to introduce the books into the country's educational system.
About the author
A motivational speaker and prolific author, Momodou Sabally continues to write and publish inspirational book, poems and essays. His other publications include Jangi Jollof (2005), Instant Success: Ten Keys to Personal Achievement (2011), The Way to Happiness: Inspirational Essays (2012), and Love Notes: Inspiring Poems (2012).