Cuban Ambassador decorating Mr. Grant with Friendship Medal

One of Cuba’s most distinguish medal, ‘ friendship medal’ given by Cuban Council of state has been granted to a Gambian in Mr. Joseph Modou Peh Grant, President of Cuba- Gambian Friendship Association.

At a ceremony held in Banjul, the chief Cuban diplomat to The Gambia, Ambassador Rubén García Abelenda conferred the medal on Mr. Grant at the event graced by Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Momodou Tangara.

“Cuba is the most African country in the world outside of Africa.” Dr. Tangara said during the award ceremony at the Cuban diplomatic mission in Banjul.

The Friendship medal is which is granted by the Cuban Council of State at the request of the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples is given to citizens, institutions or organizations, Cuban or foreign, who individually or collectively, contribute to the construction of a more just world and strengthen the fraternal ties of friendship, cooperation and mutual aid among peoples.

“ Today we remember the lives of Commanders Fidel Castro Ruz and Ernesto Che Guevara, they are present in every moment of our actions around the world, providing health, fraternity and solidarity. They sowed seeds that have germinated to be their continuity, to make their humanistic and internationalist thoughts, principles and convictions flourish,’ the Cuban ambassador said while conferring the award on Mr. Grant.

The event was witnessed by the head of Cuban medical brigade in The Gambia Dr. Anaris Odio Mosqueda and members of the brigade, National Assembly Members, young Gambians who studied in Cuba, and members of the Cuba Gambia friendship group.

The Cuban Ambassador said the friendship and solidarity between both nations is growing stronger every day, adding ‘ together we will achieve a more just world for all.’

Receiving the Award, Mr Grant thank the Cubans for recognizing his efforts in cementing the relationship between the two countries.

“ Cuba continue to be friend of the Gambia. Cuba stood by Africa during our struggle and the continue to stand by us. We will continue to uphold and defend the legacy of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara,” He said.

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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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