18 April 2013

Gambia: Sabally - My Purpose Is to Communicate Positive Messages

The man who has managed to establish himself as 'The Gambia's Pen' through his frequent creative writings in books and newspapers, has noted with an assertive voice that his mission in the art of literature is to communicate positive messages to spur inspiration in a simple and readable way. Momodou Sabally was speaking recently at a press conference at the Attaya Café along the Kairaba Avenue on his new book, "Strum Your Kora: Conversation with Macky Sall." Sabally is the director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, and now has eight books to his name. The book that is set to hit The Gambian market later this month, is a continuation of the literary work of this energetic author, who 14 years ago became the country's first university valedictorian.

At the press conference, Sabally also used the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to the mission he tasked himself in the field of writing despite the criticisms that are littered on him in some quarters. "I want to prove my critics wrong and I want to let them know that I am not bordered. My purpose is to communicate positive and inspiring message in as simple and readable way as possible. I have nothing to tell my critics. I am a writer and not a talker. Let them talk and I am doing. They should talk more loudly and criticise, but am doing what I love doing. One of the compliments I had from a friend diplomat recently is that I simplified knowledge for people," he informed the press. Book release

Commenting on the book set for release, Sabally explained that it is mainly a fictional conversation with Macky Sall, recalling that last year, he started a piece or two on the local papers but had decided to stop and complete it as a book. b "In this book, I am not only addressing Senegal, but I am also portraying very good and strong image of The Gambia so that the two countries can infuse our commonality both in terms of religion and culture, in a bid to inspire people to think about regional integration and unity," he further explained.

He informed that a website is being built where the books will be uploaded and sold online. "I have also explored Amazon. So from the day of the release, the book that is targeting international audience will be available online for purchase," he indicated.

Sabally also seized the opportunity to enjoin Gambians to further develop the culture of reading, saying "in this time either one reads or be left behind. "What I am writing is for Gambians and the rest of the world and since I am going international, I have the belief that people outside The Gambia will benefit from my message," he added, while revealing plans to launch the book in Senegal. According to him, he has also taken the bold step to make his writing further relevant to the taste of Gambians through his frequent articles on the pages of the Daily Observer newspaper. The author also disclosed plans to come up with a book on Mandinka; a project he said is almost at its final stage. "So all these are efforts trying to engender the culture of reading in The Gambia", he concluded.

About the book

The upcoming book is a compilation of fictional conversations and letters addressed to Macky Sall, the president of the Republic of Senegal. The "Strum Your Kora", a phrase borrowed from the Senegalese National Anthem- is dedicated to Leopard Sedar Sengore, first president of Senegal and 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.

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