WAG reviews 2019 activity report

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Members of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia recently reviewed their 2019 activity report as tendered by the executive.

The submission and review of the 2019 activity report by the executive of the association is in line with the constitution of WAG and the laid down procedure by the National Center for Arts and Culture.

The report made explicit reflection of the activities which include the commemoration of the World Book Day 2019 and Copyright Day Week 2019 which is geared towards reviving the association.

During the World and Copyright Week celebrations as reported by Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, secretary general of WAG, twenty-two Gambian authors were awarded in honour of literary erudition. This was held alongside an interschool poetry competition for senior secondary schools on the life and works of Dr. Lenrie Peters.

Outlining other activities of the association as stated in the report, he said the association paid some courtesy calls to various institutions as they were able to have audiences with ambassador of EU and head of Delegation to The Gambia, chief of mission of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), director general of The Gambia National Library Service Authority, country director of ChildFund-The Gambia, minister of Youth and Sports, permanent secretary MoBSE and director general of NCAC among others.

On creating more awareness about the association in both the urban and rural areas, he said WAG has held 21 radio programmes across the country and 12 television interviews on GRTS, Star TV and Paradise. Also, the association has donated over 140 books to school children and schools across the country.

In the year under review, some members of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia have successfully attended and co-organised launching of 22 books across the country within a year. He added that they also participated in different conferences, trainings and meetings in and outside the country.

Other activities as reflected in the WAG 2019 activity report included tribute ceremony for late former President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, readings by Gambian authors, signing MoU with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and Gambian Writers Against Covid-19 press conference.

Author: Yunus S. Saliu