Songs of Desire


By:  Nana Aisha Mustapha ( Nigeria ) & Bakary S Sonko ( Gambia)

As a threat she’s seen Stand strong they call her rude When reserved they call her weak With stares and assault she became mute Taunted and hurted She is battered in to silence she had a voice but she is never heard she find solace in her tears With waves of the sea written on her body Along with hairs she felt dreadful Covering with layers of clothes in the hot summer Avoiding her image leaving her mind to suffer Her greatest fault; born a woman Her crime; giving her heart to her true love Speaking her mind A sin she must pay for dearly From a long line of warriors she’s from Not on the battle field but with the world With the fire that burnt inside her A warrior she became with a sword forged from the fire she had to walk through You stole her heart She took your last name She loves you in all your faults Yet day after day you gave her Hell She was told to endure She knew love does not hurt But she had to stay not for the monster but her children With scars and bruises far more visible she’ll forever live with Shattered, she has to leave For her love is her tormentor The society gave a blind eye Now, she must leave and never to come back.


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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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