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First G20 Sherpa Meeting held in Riyadh
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 5 December 2019

G20 Sherpas, the official representatives of G20 Member country Leaders, met for the first time under the Saudi G20 Presidency in Riyadh this week. They were joined by invited guest countries, as well as, international and regional organizations to begin discussions towards “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”.

The pivotal role of the G20 Sherpas is to help pave the way to the G20 Leader’s Summit by progressing policy discussions in meetings throughout the year. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host a series of Sherpa Meetings during its Presidency culminating in the Leader’s Summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November 2020.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will facilitate the dialogue process to guide the overarching policy discussions. Building on previous G20 achievements and reflecting the spirit of collaboration among our Leaders, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is determined to build consensus around solutions to address our common challenges.

The first Sherpa meeting focused on the aims of the 2020 G20 Presidency year: 

• Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which people– especially women and youth– can live, work and thrive, with discussions on policies related to access to opportunities for all, sustainable development goals, trade and investment, financial inclusion, employment, women empowerment, health, education, and tourism.

• Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our environment, with discussions on environment, climate, water, food, and energy.

• Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share the benefits of innovation and technological advancement with a strong focus on digital economy.

The meeting was chaired by Fahad Almubarak, the Saudi Sherpa, who elaborated: “The G20 has a responsibility to the world to overcome current and emerging issues, to tackle global challenges together, and to make the world a better place for all.”

Further information about the G20, including the Presidency Agenda and full program of events, can be found at www.g20.org

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Belgium gives Rwanda inventory of artifacts taken during colonialism
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

King Kigeli's crown is believed to be among rwandan artifacts in beligian museums (Illustration from the, Internt)
King Kigeli’s crown is believed to be among Rwandan artifacts in Belgian museums (Illustration from the, Internet)

Belgium through Royal Museum for Central Africa presented Rwanda with a list of artifacts that were taken by Belgian colonial masters during colonialism period.

The Museum’s director Guido Gryseels handed a USB containing the list to Director General of The institute of Museums of Rwanda, Ambassador Robert Masozera on Thursday in the capital Kigali.

Guido said this move is a first step towards the negotiations of bringing back all Rwandan relics stored in Belgian museums.

“It is common that these African historical heritage be brought in Africa from Europe. Some African countries have set up commissions to assess their artifacts that are kept in European museums”, Guido said during handover ceremony

Among  Rwandan artifacts that are believed to be in Belgian museums include traditional objects like drums, utensils, royal emblems, King Kigeli IV Rwabugili’s crown, colonial archives, images, videos and others.

It is believed that the body of one of the last king of Rwanda, Yuhi V Musinga was taken to Belgium, but neither Rwanda nor Belgium confirmed that.

Ambassador Masozera commended this gesture from Belgian authorities. He said  it will pave a way to negotiations in order to see how to bring back those  artifacts where they belong.

“They have plenty of our archives include those which were used by authorities, geology…they have a map that shows what is inside our land. That map can help us to identify where is diamond, gold etc.”

Belgium colonized Rwanda from the end of first world war up to 1962 when it gained independence.

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Mozambique: Filipe Nyusi to take office on 15 January
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

The Constitutional Council, Mozambique’s highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, has announced that the winner of the 15 October presidential election, Filipe Nyusi, will take office in on 15 January.

Nyusi, which is going to second term, will be sworn into office at a public ceremony by the chairperson of the Constitutional Council, Lúcia da Luz Ribeiro.

Strangely the body made this announcement before it has even validated and proclaimed the results of the general and provincial elections held on 15 October. The announcement can be taken as a sure sign that the Council intends to validate the results announced by the National Elections Commission on 27 October.

Mozambique held its general elections on 15 October throughout the country, in which Nyusi, the Frelimo party’s candidate for the presidency of the republic, won its three opponents with 73% of the vote. On a turnout of 50.74%, Renamo’s Ossufo Momade came second with 21.88%, MDM’s Daviz Simango third with 4.38%, and Mario Albino of AMUSI got 0.73%.

“The results clearly show that we, FRELIMO, have achieved a unequivocal and unquestionable victory,” Nyusi said during his first speech after the announcement of the results by the National Election Commission. “The Mozambican people through this result, said yes, it is with you that it works,” he added.

With this scoreboard, Filipe Nyusi and his party can do whatever they want. In power since national independence in 1975, the Frelimo Government has been very closed and lacking in transparency, due to the country’s few years of democracy. After independence, the party chose to be a communist/socialist state, a situation that changed in 1990 when it introduced the democratic rule of law, based on the separation and interdependence of powers and pluralism.

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Zimbabwe Gears Up For 2023 General Elections With the Launch of Strategic and Gender Inclusion Plan
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu Munhumutapa

ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba
ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba

Three Hundred delegates from the Government among them top officials, Ambassadors, United Nation Representatives, Civil Society Organisations and the Media thronged in Harare at a local hotel to witness 2 twin strategic launches.

The first was the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Strategic Plan and the Gender Inclusion Launch. . Addressing Journalists in the capital city, ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba said the country is this time is with a more revised version of a strategy meant to spear-head well-orchestrated more transparent, credible and fair elections.

‘’We have come with a new holistic approach to a strategy that will make us follow up and try to standardise the past 2018 election’s mistakes , improve on success areas and bring out more out of little .

‘’Our elections must be of International standards and order in the next general election 2023. The elections must be guided by new principles so that we can come up with new improvements. ZEC has responded fairly to stakeholders concerns in the past election. ‘’Excellent, we have to make a strong head-way to push for stronger inclusivity of women in decision making positions in Senate and Parliament.

The Chair-person pointed out on the increase in number of women in 2013 elections but later in the next election in 2018, the number decreased. She further got deep into explanations related to why the 2018 election was low in women in politics yet in 2013 there was an increase.

‘’ Women increased in 2013 but decreased in 2018 because of certain factors which we have cited out. This is why we have to look at gender inclusivity in political positions. In other words women must increase in number in 2023 election.’’

‘’Measures, we now have measures in place to foster a way-forward towards gender inclusivity. UN Women has helped us move forward by funding Gender -Inclusivity. We thank all the supporters in the playing field.

‘’Gender-Survey has been done. This is the other main reason why we have done this Launch. Infect the main objective is promote Gender-Equity, Equality, and Inclusivity.  Secondly to bring sanity, transparency, accountability, impartiality, credibility and inclusiveness to new elections .It is all about Gender Sensitivity looking sorely at values that promote women like Equality , empowerment , Sustainability , Social Justice , Democracy and participation .’’ She Said .

The synopsis of the strategy according to Chigumba looks at the reports of the observers in connection with previous elections of which there are strength and weaknesses. Stakeholders, political parties have also given their feedback. There are political dialogues to make new way-forward. Consultations have actually made a bee-line for a Gender Survey of the post-election.

Maria Ribero United Nations Country Representative called further for free, fair elections guided by transparency and accountability of ZEC. There are certain conditions to take consideration of firstly looking at participation, full inclusivity, equality and equity in terms of resources.

‘’Harmonised Elections remains our concern as we move on but I urge all Political Parties to be friendly  , peaceful and create new linkages of unity networks . Violence is condemned. For sure it was not seen in the 2018 election. My last concern is on disabled people. Let us think about them in the next election.’’ She said.

European Union made a total of 23 Recommendations. Tim Olkonnen says 6 Recommendations were identified.

1= The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s ZEC independence needs to be strengthened, free from Governmental over-sight in the approval of its regulations.

2= ZEC should provide effective and timely information on all steps of the Electoral preparations , making all information of public interest , including ZEC Resolutions and verifiable polling station results . This must be immediate and easily available.

3=Voter Registration needs to be enhanced in under registered districts of the country to ensure universal and equal suffrage.

4= Legal measures should be introduced to mitigate abuse of the advantage of the incumbency and abuse of state resources.

5= State owned media must abide by the legal obligation to be impartial and provide equitable treatment to all political parties and candidates.

6=Results Management process needs to be clear and fully explained to all stakeholders well in advance of the polls in-order to enhance transparency , verifiability and integrity of the results process .

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Kamari and ZeU Crypto Announce Joint Venture to build Lottery and Gaming Infrastructure Across Africa
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

African blockchain infrastructure project taps veteran development company for joint venture

Kamari, a project building blockchain infrastructure across Africa, has announced a joint venture (JV) with ZeU Crypto Networks, a leading blockchain technology innovation and development company out of Canada. The parties will create a Joint Venture entity with the mandate to build digital lottery and gaming applications that will run within the Kamari ecosystem and potentially serve millions of users across multiple countries in Africa.

Kamari looks to develop the fundamental infrastructure that will serve Africa’s population as it doubles to two billion over the next several decades. Africa’s GDP is predicted to increase from $2 trillion today to $29 trillion in today’s money by 2050. The “Blockchain Opportunity in Africa” will also have mobile technology at the center of its massive growth across the continent.

Dr. Chris Cleverly
Dr. Chris Cleverly

To begin building this ecosystem, the company has secured national lottery licenses across multiple African countries. Once the infrastructure has been created, and the product has been launched, the company will be able to market to over 50 million adult customers exclusively.

Kamari has agreed to set up a joint-venture with ZeU Crypto Networks Inc, a leading blockchain technology development company based out of Canada, to oversee the development of lottery and gaming applications that will eventually integrate with the Kamari mobile wallet. ZeU will handle the technical development of these applications and will also support the use of the KAM currency in its applications including the MulaMail Marketplace, allowing email users to exchange the token between themselves and access the Kamari Ecosystem’s service offering from within their email application. ZeU’s Mula planned peer-to-peer microlending will also be compatible with the Kamari ecosystem.

“We are excited to work with veteran technology developers on this joint venture to start building applications for the Kamari ecosystem,” said Dr. Chris Cleverly, CEO of Kamari. “Our vision is to create a new type of infrastructure that will unlock incredible, never before seen financial benefits for hundreds of millions of people. Essentially, our opportunity is to transform millions of peoples’ lives and provide them with fundamental infrastructure that is vastly more efficient and effective than countries in the Western world, allowing them to empower themselves. We’re looking forward to partnering with ZeU to begin integrating and building some of the applications for that.”

The two companies are in the process of establishing a joint venture entity that will oversee the development and the deployment of an integrated ecosystem.  The partners should initiate in short order Peer-to-Peer (P2P) e-commerce initiatives in gaming, eSport, and gambling through participants of Kamari projects running on ZeU protocol and are expected to be a trial by fire for ZeU public protocol.

The partners are planning to deploy in late December, for the purpose of intracompanies testing, a first innovative lottery game using the KAM token. Demonstration to gaming commissions and regulators should be conducted in Q1 2020.

The two companies plan to announce more details of the joint venture shortly.  For more information about the project visit: www.kamari.io

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Gambia Community Broadcasters community Journalism training Underway
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Monday, 2nd December 2019, began  three-day training on Community Journalism for twenty (20) journalists from community radio stations across the country.

The residential training at Football Hotel in Yundum was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Speaking on the occasion, Lamin Jahateh, programme manager for GPU, said one of core aims of the Union is to promote professionalism in the Gambian media through capacity building.

The GPU’s capacity building initiatives cut across all issues of journalism like reporting on women, children, human rights, elections, financial, court, and investigative journalism, among other issues.

In the execution of its capacity building initiatives, Jahateh said, the GPU is not only focused on media houses that are based in the city or urban areas.

“The community radio stations are a key constituent of the Gambia Press Union and will continue to do everything we can to give them the same professional capacity that we are giving to the urban-based media,” he said.

He further explained that the three-day training for community radios was part of a series of training programmes for community radio journalists that the union has been implementing since last month, November, with the support of UNDP.

After this training, there would be a daylong national forum on community radio sustainability which will capped the project.

The trainer, Demba Kandeh who is also a journalism lecturer at the University of The Gambia, said he has been involved in a number of community radio trainings and research projects spearheaded by the Gambia Press Union.

Bakary S. Dampha, public relations officer of the Network of Community Radio Broadcasters, expressed optimism that they would learn new techniques to improve their journalism practice at their respective communities.

Meanwhile, from the 18th to 23rd November, the GPU held a training for community radio broadcasters on news translation and radio programming in local languages – Mandinka, Wollof and Pulaar (Fula).

Of the six days, Mandinka language was two days; the same for Wollof and Pulaar, and each language training was attended by fifteen (15) broadcasters from the nine community radio stations across the country.

Also supported by the UNDP, the training was held within the context of promoting community media sustainability by influencing reforms of legal framework and building the skills of community media professionals.

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58 Migrants Confirmed Dead After Boat from The Gambia Capsizes Near Coast of Mauritania
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

File Picture:The risk for immigrants is enormous
File Picture:The risk for immigrants is enormous

 At least 58 men, women and children are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying an estimated 150 migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania on Wednesday, according to IOM Mauritania

Eighty-three others, including two women and at least 10 minors who managed to swim to shore are receiving medical assistance.

The vessel left The Gambia last Wednesday (27/11) bound for the Canary Islands when it ran low on fuel, IOM Mauritania Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti says.

“At the moment, access to migrants is limited as they are recovering from the shock and under the protection of the authorities,” she said. “IOM staff are supporting the medical response by providing first aid kits, blankets and other supplies.”

Consular officials from The Gambia are meeting today with the survivors. The injured have been transferred to the city hospital. An IOM doctor will arrive today to support the local response. 

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Afreximbank President Named Among Africa’s 100 Most Influential
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has been named among the 100 most influential Africans.

The list of the 100 most influential Africans, published by New African magazine, credits the President with playing “a leading role in driving Africa’s integration by overseeing the delivery of new game changing programmes and facilities to finance, promote and expand intra- and extra-African trade and develop Africa’s sectors, infrastructure, diversification, trade finance and economies”.

The article referenced Afreximbank’s announcement of the “allocation of $1 billion as an adjustment facility to help countries adapt to any negative impact that may result during the implementation phase of the AfCFTA”.

It also noted the launch of the Pan-African Payment and Settlement System, the first continentwide payment system focused on addressing the settlement challenges and market imbalances that have hampered intra-African trade.

“Oramah has also been the driving force in the creation and delivery of the Intra-African Trade Fair, which resulted in $32 billion of trade and investment deals being concluded at its 2018 event in Cairo, and is targeting $40 billion at Kigali in 2020,” continued New African.

President Oramah had also been a driving force in developing emerging partnerships to increase African trade and investment links with the BRIC economies, including Russia, where the Bank held its 2019 Annual General Meetings, added the magazine.

Other names on the list include Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed; Industrialist Aliko Dangote; African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; United Nations Under-Secretary General Amina Mohammed; Econet Founder Strive Masiyiwa; movie star Lupita Nyongo; Comedian Trevor Noah; Afropop star Burna Boy; and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.

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Security challenges in Nigeria:Buhari unveils Made-in-Nigeria war vehicles, launch National Security Strategy
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

The vehicle first appeared in public this August
The vehicle first appeared in public this August

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the first Made-in-Nigeria fighting vehicle named, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP). He presented the vehicle prior to the opening ceremony of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna that was proceeded by the launching of the National Security Strategy.

The security roadmap was launched at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday, a day after the President unveiled the first Made-in-Nigeria Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles by the military at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna.

He noted that the plethora of security challenges confronting the nation has made it expedient to come up with articulated, comprehensive and coordinated response that involves all segments of the society and all elements of the national power.

“As we continue to work towards completely ending insurgency in the north-east and laying the foundation of sustainable peace and development in the region, we are also addressing conflicts between farmers and herders, banditry and various forms of security challenges. In addition to security, economic diversification and fighting corruptions, our administration priorities for the second term include pursuing improvements in education, healthcare and agriculture.

“These priorities reflect our commitment to enhancing the social security of Nigerians as a means of improving their physical security”, he said adding.

“I’m happy to observe that the National Security Strategy reflects this thinking with emphasis on overall human security. I’m pleased also to know that the strategy emerged after a long time consultative and participatory process that elicited contributions primarily from our security, intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the armed forces.

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UNESCO report shows fewer than 5% of people in many countries benefit from adult learning opportunities
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Adult education in Rwanda.Photo credit The New Times Rwanda

Paris, 04 December – In almost one-third of countries, fewer than five per cent of adults aged 15 and above participate in education and learning programmes, according to UNESCO’s fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4). Adults with disabilities, older adults, refugees and migrants, minority groups and other disadvantaged segments of society are particularly under-represented in adult education programmes and find themselves deprived of crucial access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Published by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, the report monitors the extent to which UNESCO Member States put their international commitments regarding adult learning and education into practice and reflects data submitted by 159 countries. It calls for a major change in the approach to adult learning and education (ALE) backed by adequate investment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access and benefit from adult learning and education and that its full contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized.

“We urge governments and the international community to join our efforts and take action to ensure that no one – no matter who they are, where they live or what challenges they face – is left behind where the universal right to education is concerned,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, endorsing the report’s recommendations. “By ensuring that donor countries respect their aid obligations to developing countries, we can make adult learning and education a key lever in empowering and enabling adults, as learners, workers, parents, and active citizens.”

The publication stresses the need to increase national investment in ALE, reduce participation costs, raise awareness of benefits, and improve data collection and monitoring, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

Progress in participation in adult learning and education is insufficient

Despite low participation overall, many more than half of responding countries (57% of 152) reported an increase in the overall participation rate in adult learning and education between 2015 and 2018. Low-income countries reported the largest increase in ALE participation (73%), trailed by lower middle income and upper middle income countries (61% and 62%).

Most increases in adult learning and education participation were in sub-Saharan Africa (72% of respondents), followed by the Arab region (67%), Latin America and the Caribbean (60%) and Asia and the Pacific (49%). North America and Western Europe reported fewest increases (38%) though starting from higher levels.

The data shows persistent and deep inequalities in participation and that key target groups such as adults with disabilities, older adults, minority groups as well as adults living in conflict-affected countries are not being reached.

Women’s participation must improve further

While the global report shows that women’s participation in ALE has increased in 59 per cent of the reporting countries since 2015, in some parts of the world, girls and women still do not have sufficient access to education, notably to vocational training, leaving them with few skills and poor chances of finding employment and contributing to the societies they live in, which also represents an economic loss for their countries.

Quality is improving but not fast enough

Quality ALE can also provide invaluable support to sustainable development and GRALE 4 shows that three-quarters of countries reported progress in the quality of education since 2015. Qualitative progress is observed in curricula, assessment, teaching methods and employment conditions of adult educators. However, progress in citizenship education, which is essential in promoting and protecting freedom, equality, democracy, human rights, tolerance and solidarity, remained negligible. No more than 3% of countries reported qualitative progress in this area.

Increase in funding for adult learning and education needed

GRALE 4 shows that over the last ten years, spending on adult learning and education has not reached sufficient levels, not only in low-income countries but also in lower middle income and high-income countries. Nearly 20% of Member States reported spending less than 0.5 per cent of their education budgets on ALE and a further 14% reported spending less than 1 per cent. This information demonstrates that many countries have failed to implement the intended increase in ALE financing proposed in GRALE 3 and that ALE remains underfunded. Moreover, under-investment hits socially disadvantaged adults the hardest. Lack of funding also hampers the implementation of new policies and efficient governance practices.

Download of the UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education:

About the UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE)

The UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) monitors whether UNESCO Member States are putting their international commitments on adult learning and education into practice. These commitments are set out in the Belém Framework for Action (2009), the outcome document of the 6th International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI, Belém, Brazil), and the Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015). In addition to this monitoring function, each issue of GRALE examines a particular topic, the 2019 edition focusses on participation. GRALE is published every three years. The Report combines survey data, policy analysis and case studies to provide policy-makers and practitioners with recommendations and examples of good practice. It presents evidence on how adult learning and education helps countries address current challenges and contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Gambian Open Mic onstage in Stuttgart
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

All is set for Gambian open mic in Stuttgart in Germany on 6th December, 2019 at Calwer Eck Club. Organised by GMB promotions it will features dancehall, Afrobeat, reggae and hip-hop and artistes lineup are Stony Vybz , Miller DC, Steven Kelly, 50k Thuger, G Stedda, Mafia Click, Popshea 8.8.1, Great Mind, One Corner, Laminator, Topmind Hallis  Kapachaile and Chris Black to be back by deejay Puffy.

Christopher Mendy, alias Chris Black chief executive officer GMB Promotions explained that the concept behind The Gambian open is to scout, promote and harness real talent.

He added that the same way to keep the Gambian artist living in Europe busy on their musical career. GMB promotions been promoting and empowering youth for a decade plus.

“Recently GMB a promotion is the only Gambian label in EU setting trend,” the young promoter outlined.

He noted that he want to create a platform that Gambian artistes in Europe will showcase their talent and earned a decent living through their art.“We intent to make this as an annual event so we are calling on all artistes to come on board to make this happen, by showing that Gambia has a rich culture that other nationals can learn from,” he noted.According to him, part of their plans in future is to inviting Gambian artistes at home to come and perform in the event.

Popularly called Gambian Chris Black pointed out that: “We are determined to entertained, educate by spreading positivity through music”.

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Gambia:Brikama Boyo Ready to Launch ‘Gambiana’ album
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

ST, alias Brikama Boyo, awards winning Gambia’s afro-Manding is expected to launch his much anticipated album called ‘Gambiana’ on 7th December, 2019  at the Independence stadium, Bakau.

The launching will be in a form of concert, with tens of thousands of tickets already sold out, this eight- track-masterpiece describes as one of his best artwork.

Filled with a diverse collection of songs, the ‘Gambiana’ album title speaks for itself, as it is a masterpiece that every Gambian can relate to no matter what, while reminding fans of the country’s vast cultures and traditional norms. It also takes listeners through a musical enlightenment, career growth and pure cultural vibes.

ST told journalists at a press conference ahead of the album launch that: “Gambiana consists of 8 songs and all of the eight tracks are different in genre, message and vibes of music. Also, this album is different because there is lot of expressions on The Gambian way of life, with lots of typical Gambian stories. What I do is to represent my people in all the ways and more so when I do my music, I want it to be something that people can always relate to. There are lots of fusions and local instruments in it, which makes this album a masterpiece,”

He explained that the album is a Gambian thing as the name depicts, adding that the album is just amazing, as it talks about Gambia and its people’s ways of life’s.

 He continued: “Honestly, December 7 is the much-anticipated event in the country right now and I myself cannot wait personally.”

He urged Gambians to embrace local artistes and give them all the support needed in a bid to propel the industry and promote Gambian music stars on the global stage.

“Since 2013 I have been out there on the top spot of Gambian music and of course I must say that I will be happier to see more stars hitting up the chart because Gambia needs more stars in the industry. It is now time for Gambia to have more stars so that we will not depend on only one star. This is good for the industry and the artists” the hit maker said.

He emphasized that Gambia music industry needs lots of stars that Gambians can rely on instead of only one star.

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