Former Gambian VP, ex-ICC Chief Prosecutor named among Africa’s most influential women

Ex ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensuoda and EX VP Tambajang

Two of The Gambia’s most prominent women in Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, former Vice President of The Gambia and Fatou Bom Bensouda, former Chief Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court, have been named by Avance Media through its Project, ‘Be A Girl’ among 100 most influential African women.

The Avance Media said in a statement posted on its website: “In the quest of inspiring the next generation of women in Africa who are passionate about leading change and challenging the Status Quo, Avance Media through its girls’ empowerment project, Be A Girl, launches this annual publication to highlight and celebrate the astounding accomplishments of 100 women from Africa dubbed: 100 Most Influential African Women.

As a leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has been engaged in changing the narrative about Africans through rating and ranking publications, the publication added.

“We believe this project presents us another opportunity not only to celebrate Africans but showcase the individual and collective works of women who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in Africa.

Presented as a ranking of the 100 Most Influential African Women, this publication presents a summary of women who have climbed the corporate ladder, started their own businesses, or have been at the forefront of decision making both locally & internationally.”

The publication presents a key opportunity for these women to be inspired and also continue in their strides of setting global standards and records.

Reacting to the news, the Former Vice President told The Alkamba Times from her base in Banjul:

“I am pleased to share my recognition with all women around the world and wish them to work hard in solidarity to achieve their goals for gender justice and the inherent human progress. Experience has shown that no one can represent women more than themselves. Women must therefore believe in themselves, claim and protect their inalienable rights to equality in decision-making and development. They must also embrace the new age for women’s resolve to break the glass ceiling by maintaining their integrity, balancing life and applying their natural intuition and creative minds. I call on governments, especially African governments, to act smartly to utilize the proven talents and invaluable assets that women possess in order to achieve the overarching goals of the African and Social Development Agenda! God bless the new age for gender justice and human progress.”

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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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