By: Foday Manneh
A book authored by Saidou DM Camara entitled “Legends and Leaders” is a captivating book that archived the lives of some of the most incredible and inspiring people in the history of The Gambia.
The book featured prominent Gambian figures from public servants, socialites, and private individuals who have contributed immensely to the country’s development.
According to the writer, he desired to share the stories of these influential figures in the Gambian history to recognize their various achievements for the country through their respective fields of trade. Furthermore, he noted the importance of celebrating such figures alive only after they were gone.
The “Legends and Leaders” reveal the secrets of success, struggles, and the defining moments that shaped some legendary figures. The book also tells the groundbreaking artistry of others; this collection celebrates the diversity and complexity of human achievement.
The inspiring figures featured include first President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, second President Yahya Jammeh, top Gambian music heroes Jaliba Kuyateh and Sanna Singhateh alias “ST,” leading politician Halifa Sallah, legal expert Amie Bensouda, football star Bubacarr Steve Trawally, and prominent Gambian journalists, such as Sainey MK Marenah of the Alkamba Times.
Saidou believed the stories of the mentioned names would inspire the younger generation to pursue leadership roles and serve to the best of their abilities in the country’s development.
“To follow the footsteps of those who have done great for the nation’s development, to promote national pride and unity, and to share the knowledge and promote patriotism. It is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration, insight, and a deeper understanding of the human experience,” Camara said.
The young man, however, faces some challenges in coming up with the book; among them is identifying reliable sources and balancing the need for accuracy.
“The lack of motivation and inspiration, finding enough time and resources to research and write, the difficulty in finding a publisher or funds for publishing, securing distribution channels, and promoting the book to potential readers are other challenges I had,” he stressed.
Camara is a student at the International Open University pursuing a bachelor’s in business administration. The Legends and Leaders is Camara’s fifth book since he started his career as an author.