15 April 2013

Gambia: Momodou Sabally to Release New Book

Less than two months after he successfully launched two books, prolific writer, Momodou Sabally, also known as The Gambia's Pen, is set to release yet another book later this month in what seem to be the continuation of his scholarly work. In a press release sent to this paper, Sabally said the new publication titled "Strum Your Kora: Conversations With Macky Sall" is a compilation of fictional conversations and letters addressed to the president of the Republic of Senegal. "Strum Your Kora - a phrase borrowed from the Senegalese National Anthem - is dedicated to Leopold Sedar Senghore, first president of Senegal and the poet who authored the anthem. Written in English, the book includes rich proverbs and references to great cultural icons and events in the histories of Senegal and The Gambia," he explained. In this very special book, Sabally employs an all-in-one unique Senegambian style, using lyrical poems, short prose, and theatre style dialogues to develop an interesting writing approach, which a reviewer calls 'Saballism.' In Strum Your Kora, the author calls for a new kind of leadership that would usher in a united Africa into a continent of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

A major theme of this publication is the issue of Senegambian integration as the author attempts to inspire a greater sense of unity and common sense of purpose between the two countries. "To quote from the book "We all know the sacred bonds that tie brothers and sisters across the colonial borders that pretend to separate us.(pg 24)," he quoted.

About Sabally

Momodou Sabally is a motivational speaker and prolific author. Readers would recall that on March 2, 2013, he launched two books titled; "For The Gambia: Living the National Anthem", and "To The Gambia: The Smiling Coast". Other books by Sabally include Jangi Jollof, Instant Success: Ten Keys to Personal Achievement, The Way to Happiness: Inspirational Essays, and Love Notes: Inspiring Poems. He is currently finalising "For The Gambia: Thoughts on National Progress" intended for release during the second quarter of this year. Sabally works at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs as director of Budget.

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