Author: Gainako

The National Training Authority (NTA) on 11 March 2013 formally accredited the GPU School of Journalism to provide journalism education in the country, an unprecedented development in a country that has never had a formal structure for journalism education. Under the terms and conditions of its licence, the GPU School of Journalism is mandated to offer journalism education up to a diploma level within the framework of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in The Gambia. The NTA is the body responsible for the regulation of TVET in The Gambia. Poor Training Weakens Professionalism Because of the lack of…

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By Mathew K Jallow The story I wanted to write this week was going to be extremely flattering, yet not superfluous. It was going to be a glowing tribute to a great president, without being a canting expose of his still untold story. It was to be about Sir Dawda K Jawara’s extraordinary legacy and the myth and the excruciatingly painful mendacity of Yahya Jammeh’s so-called achievements. It was to be the story that showcases the infinite admiration and celestial adulation that Gambians collectively have for the three decades that made Gambia, like its sister neighbor, Senegal, stand out as…

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The media committee helping organized the looming National conference to be held in Raleigh North Carolina has rolled out initial plans and ideas about the conference. Ms. Banka Manneh, and Musa Jeng who are part of the organizing committee on behalf of the host organization Gambia Democratic Action Group (GDAG) based in Raeligh discussed preliminary plans in engaging all Gambians to make it a priority to attend this “National Conference”  The conference as discussed by the committee is designed to bring Gambians of various groups, organizations and individuals under the same roof to discuss about Democracy, governance and political change in…

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Sheikh Sidia Bayo founder of the National Transition Council of the Gambia (NTCG) was our guest at Gainako Radio Sunday March 17th, 2013. Mr. Bayo who made headlines when in gave President Jammeh an ultimatum to step down or face arm rebellion went quiet when members of his supposed cabinet announced that he has been removed and replaced by the founder of Kibaaronews Mr. Bamba Mass. Bayo emphasized that his NTCG remained strong with him as the leader. He admitted making mistakes in associating with some of the folks who later staged a palace coup and replaced him abruptly. He…

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By Yankuba Jambang, SenegambiaNews A new university text and library reference book on Africa titled; Africa: Opposing Viewpoints; is out in paperback and hardcover print. The book, a compilation of the research work of academics, development professionals, and research fellows from around the world, takes a critical look at African development, its challenges and opportunities and argues the future prospects from different viewpoints. Issues covered span the spectrum; from health to foreign aid; and from economics to trade. The text published by Gale Cengage Learning, a supplier of university text books and library references, and printed by Greenhaven Press, brings together…

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Rarely does an elected leader come into office pledging to serve less time than the law allows. But that’s exactly what Senegal’s new president, Macky Sall, has done. He has vowed to reverse a controversial extension of the president’s term enacted by his predecessor. “Although I was elected for seven years, I will serve a five-year term,” he told an audience at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics last week. In a speech that toggled between French and English, he said that pledge is “a good reason to work fast and hard.”

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By Sainey Faye, Atlanta Ghana has just turned 56 in March – gaining its political independence from Britain; and leading the rest of colonies of Europe in Africa; to fight for their independence and from bondage. It is also leading or playing a leading role in instituting term limitations in political office, thanks to the masses’ political consciousness, and dedication. Its progressive intelligentsia has also been praised for their positive contributions in helping to bring down ex-President Jerry Rawlings.

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By Baba Galleh Jallow In Representations of the Intellectual, Edward Said (pronounced sayid) defines the intellectual as simply that educated person – “an oppositional figure” – who speaks out against injustices in his society. The intellectual is not merely one who has obtained an advanced degree in a particular field of study. They have to be someone actively engaged in speaking truth to power in the service of their society and those who are not able to fight back when bullied by the power structures of society. Said’s characterization of the intellectual disqualifies many educated persons from claiming the status…

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Presented By Halifa Sallah At The Social Science Students’ Association of University of The Gambia Seminar    21st February 2013 Academia is a tool for acquiring the knowledge required to guide the destiny of human beings. I must assert, with all the emphasis at my command, that an unguided destiny is a lost destiny. That is why every issue must be studied in order to have an understanding of how to take charge of our destiny. Human beings must go beyond emotions to start to look at the nature and characteristics of things, social realities and phenomena in order to truly understand them.…

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By Matthew K. Jallow A Freedom Radio interview of a young Gambian females about her experiences, tell the story of Kanilai village. For in Kanilai, the times, they are a changing. In fact, in Kanilai, they began to change more than a decade and half ago. Situated in the southern forests of the Gambia, the changes in Kanilai are not of the good kind. This unlikely southern Gambia village, where collapsed straw fences and mangled mud-walls once complemented windowless mud huts and grass houses, the times bluster with the endless celebration of life, but also of a nightmare that plays…

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