Former Gambian Journalist to Run for Seat at US Congress

Dr. Omar Bah

Dr. Omar Bah, former Gambian Journalist and a prominent figure in Rhode Island, has announced plans to contest for a US Congress seat under the Democrats banner.

Bah relocated to the United States over a decade ago, and his announcement has taken many by surprise.

In a statement issued by Bah, who is the founder of the Refugee Dream Centre, he said:
“I wish to confirm that I plan to run for US Congress.

“When Congressman Langevin recently announced his retirement, I saw a great opportunity to once again manifest the amazing opportunities I have had in this country since my arrival here as a refugee.

“I will run as a Democrat, but my hope is to help in uniting the country, represent the diversity and experiences of people in this country, and to build and promote a moderate tone in Washington.

“There are numerous issues to tackle such as safe and affordable housing, healthcare, education, homelessness, crime, and climate change.

“I am not a career politician and, therefore, hope to help minimise the political polarisation and promote the interest of the American people, especially Rhode Islanders.

“I also hope to be a source of inspiration for folks from various ethnicities who might as a result have the audacity to try out the American Dream, and the possibilities abound.”

Omar Bah, a torture survivor and author, will be running for Congress along with many notably faces in Providence.

Bah is expecting to succeed Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District seat current occupier, US Representative James R. Langevin, a Democrat who has been in office for 22 years, and recently announced he won’t seek re-election this year.

Bah, 42, came to the US in 2007 after he was declared wanted by former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.

In 2015, he established the Refugee Dream Center, a nonprofit post-resettlement refugee organization, which has been very instrumental in helping refugees’ resettlement in Rhode Island.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s degree in public administration from Roger Williams University, a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate in leadership psychology from Williams James College in Boston.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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