Tropics Magazine Honors Mamadou Edrisa Njie alongside President Kagame, Fatou Bensouda, Bobi Wine, Drogba & Akon

Gambian youth activist and founder of the Gambian Chapter of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN), Mr. Mamadou Edrisa Njie

A Gambian youth activist and founder of the Gambian Chapter of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN), Mr. Mamadou Edrisa Njie, is among the Tropics Magazine’s ‘Top 500 annual powerlist’, thus making a name for himself in the award-winning magazine’s list of ’influential Africans’.

Tropics Magazine, according to its officials, “is an award-winning “Business and Lifestyle” monthly publication catering to a global readership based in Africa, Europe, America, and Southeast Asia including Australia.

“Every month, the TROPICS media brand releases 5 editions per world region which are proudly published by the Tropics Media Group, a division of the Tropics Ventures Group.”

The inspirational youth leader, Publisher & Managing Editor of the pro-agriculture online newspaper called Mansa Banko Online, earned the Magazine’s recognition alongside the former Gambian Chief Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court, better known as ICC, senior lawyer Fatou Bensouda Esquire, as Tropics Magazine #AfricanDOers 2021.

The duo from the small West Africa nation of The Gambia, were recognized among “top prominent personalists, including Presidents, Ambassadors, Musicians, Footballers among others”.

“As the magazine celebrates its 11th anniversary this year, the TROPICS MAGAZINE editorial team brings you the biggest list of all time – 500 success stories from thought leaders, business and social elites, and trendsetters. and innovators who excel in several fields of activity and whose job it is to mark Africa as a leading investment destination. #AfricanDOers is also a call to action on social media to inspire a new generation of DOers by promoting a positive image of the African continent,” the magazine states.

As the information indicated, this year’s list includes the President of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame; the Ugandan Politician, singer, and actor Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name Bobi Wine; President of Kenya H.E Uhuru Kenyatta; Mr. Didier Drogba, an Ivorian retired professional footballer; Mr. Aliko Dangote, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of  Dangote Group and the wealthiest person in Africa; former Liberian President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf–Africa’s first elected female President; and Mr. Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, known as Akon, a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and an entrepreneur.

“In its teaser, the Tropics Magazine 11th Anniversary Issue featuring five (5) incredible women and trailblazers: Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, first female President of Mauritius, Ms. Nteleko Nomsa, CEO and founder of OS Holdings in South Africa, Ms Geraldine Yema Robert, former basketball player, President of Yemaly and Goodwill Ambassador for the European Union commission in Gabon, Mrs. Seynabou Dia, Group CEO of Global Mind Consulting in Gabon and Ms. Karine Jean-Pierre, the first Black person to hold a chief of staff role for a vice-presidential nominee at the White House.”

The Tropics Magazine recognizes the contributions of Africa’s most influential leaders who shape Africa’s image. This annual ranking yet again puts under the spotlight figures of Afro-optimism carrying, each in distinct but complementary fields, the hope of a dynamic Africa and land of creativity.

Reacting to the good news, GYIN Gambia Founder Njie believes this truly manifests his love for the African continent, and his contribution to the development of Africa. He vowed to continue serving the African continent, while calling Africans to be proud of Africa.

“I am an African citizen and I live in Africa, and love Africa and its peoples,” the GYIN Gambia chief echoed.

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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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