The Editor of The Alkamba Times (TAT) was among over dozen Gambians in Seattle awarded by the Washington West African Centre (WWAC) for volunteering at the centre.

The Centre’s CEO, Pa Ousman Joof described the awardees as “pillars of WWAC” at a low-key ceremony over the weekend at the Center’s Lynwood office. Mr. Joof gave a historical account of how the name WWAC came about.

“We started by only serving the Gambians at but because Gambia is in West Africa and by default, we live and work with people from other West African countries, we decided to change the name to the Washington West African Center,” he narrated.

He welcomed the guests and thanked them for standing by him since the start of his journey of connecting West Africans in Washington with local resources and bridge the gap between them and the wider community.

He individually recognized the efforts and contributions of all the “WWAC pillars” starting with Mr. Bakary Sanneh, who he said provides bookkeeping services to WWAC and “dawah” for the grandmas over the years.

Receiving his award, Mr. Bakary Sanneh, a certified Chartered Accountant whose firm BBEK provides book keeping services to WWAC, encouraged Mr Pa Ousman Joof to continue the hard-work.

“If you continue what you are doing, this thing will go to a level that you did not even expect. That dedication and commitment that I have seen in you, is what has brought you to this day today. And we hope that you continue that spirit of helping, the spirit of moving this Association to another level. We will continue to support you,” Sanneh concluded.

Aja Suntu Camara, the Vice President of the Seattle Gambian Grandmas Association, was also recognised for her efforts.

Pa Ousman explained how Aja Suntu mobilizes the grandmas and contributes her own resources to see that the grandmas stay under one umbrella.

She commended the Centre for rewarding and touching the lives of our lovely grandmas by bringing them together during the Back-to-School and Grandmas Appreciation Day.

She said: “Some of the grandmas have been here for about 10 years but we didn’t know each other. We only met at naming ceremonies where we just greeted each other and everyone went their ways and that’s it. What Pa Ousman did for us, we will just leave him with God. At this moment, all the grandmas are under one umbrella. We know each other, we share ideas, we visit each other and we interact. All that is the work of Pa Ousman.”

From the partners, Pa Ousman Joof jumped straight to recognize the WWAC volunteers starting with Alkamba Times Editor Sainey MK Marenah, one of the newest but committed volunteers of the Centre.

Reacting to his Award, Marenah said: “I just want to express my profound thanks and appreciation to you for rewarding my small efforts towards your organization. I know it was

TOT Editor receiving certificate from Pa Ous

very tough; there were times you would call and tell me look, tomorrow we are going to this event at 7am so make sure you don’t come late. I remember during the Tobaski we kept crossing from one venue to another and it was all in the rain, with your team of dedicated staff. I want say thank you for rewarding me with this certificate. I think you are doing very well and I am saying keep it up. Thank you very much.”

The following people were recognized by the Centre and given certificates of appreciation.

Mariama Batchilly, Ousainou Dampha and his wife Mam Rohey Darboe, Fatoumatta Joma Camara, Ebrima Wadda, Jainaba Darboe, Isatou Baldeh, Demba Baldeh, Fatoumatta Ceesay, Fatima Jabbie, Isatou Drammeh, Ida Saye, Aboubacarr Jawara, Kanimang Touray, Jali Madi Jobarteh, Nancy Saho, Fatoumatta Saho, Fatou Dibba, Mama Saho Saine, among others.

 

 

 

 

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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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