Remembering Bob Marley: Pathways to Sustainable Peace

Bob Marley

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another is finally Discredited and Permanently Abandoned…War”

No Discrimination, More Love, and No War. Robert Nesta Marley’s formula to world peace still resonates decades after he utters those prophetic words which defined the biggest challenges fuelling conflict and violence in the 70s.

Fast forward to 2022, the world still grapples with conflict, war, and violence sparked by the mayhem of what “difference” has come to signify for an exceptional and unique human race endowed with abundant gifts of empathy and compassion.

The uncodified rule that persistently errs our diversity continues to swing deadly blows on every part of the globe pitting and pushing us against each other in the most violent ways ever conceived. The second place chance granted to peace is now a mere opportunity to recoup and come back in full throttle for conflicts of dominance and influence that harvest all structures of our hard-earned peace for more bouts of destruction and war.

The vision of what a united world could be was an inspiration Bob Marley saw in the thick of divisive conflicts, violence, and pain that people inflicted on each other for mostly abstract and fleeting gains.

On May 11, the world pauses again to remember the all-time reggae legend and his legacy amid scourging conflicts that largely target the vulnerable and leave women and children hugely disadvantaged as the forces of power battle for more ground.

The Message
Marley’s key message was of unconditional love and unity as the only fuel to world peace and how stealthy forces of division only seek mayhem and our destruction, leaving little for our communities to thrive on and nurture sustainable pathways for growth.

The gist of his vision and struggle for peace particularly in the underdeveloped world is not a familiar story to the younger generation but his music speaks a universal language of peace which manifests the way he changed and inspired the world we know today.

More than a giant of sorts, Marley was a prophet whose inspiration touched and transformed the world to open its eyes and see the truth. To listen closely and hear the natural mystic surrounding us; to never give up, and to always get up and prevail against odds, to love our women and cherish them from a world of pain and suffering but to always ignite a smile in them as our mothers, sisters, and daughters, and to firmly resist the beast of corruption and decay for a world of positive hope and light.

Marley reifies a part of our humanity becoming increasingly rare, a love adequate in its power to change our hurting world and solidarity that accepts all without question.

Inspiring through music with the abiding call for love preached by reggae, Robert Nesta Marley transformed and touch the world in ways that unquestionably lead to sustainable pathways urgently needed to bring peace to our fragile global community.

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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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