Veteran Gambian Journalist Alieu Sagnia Joins The Alkamba Times

Mr. Alieu Famara Sagnia, TAT Consulting Editor

The Alkamba Times announces the latest addition to its Editorial team on Wednesday. The outlets Editor in Chief confirmed that Veteran Gambian Journalist and Editor, Mr. Famara Sagnia joined its growing team of journalists as consulting Editor effective Wednesday.

A seasoned Journalist and Top Editor who practiced journalism for more than 40 years, Mr Sagnia was trained in India where he specialized in news agency journalism.

He worked for nearly three decades for the department of Information Services in Banjul, where he served as Director and later became the top executive of The Gambia News Agency, GAMNA.

As Information Director, Mr Sagnia was the publisher and editor of the State-owned newspaper, The Gambia Daily. He is joining TAT from the TRRC where he was a Report Writer/Senior Communication Officer and Proofreader.

Before then, Mr. Sagnia worked for  the APA English desk in Dakar Senegal as an editor. He also served as Country Director in The Gambia for ICFJ a US-based organization engaged in journalism education and training worldwide.

Asked how he feels coming onboard, Mr. Sagnia declared: “I’m happy to join the dynamic team at TAT, to contribute to good journalism, enlightenment, and  development in the Gambia”.

Reacting to the news, TAT Editor- In- Chief, Mr. Sainey MK Marenah, who previously worked under Mr. Sagnia as a Reporter described Sagnia’s coming as a blessing for TAT.

“With his journalistic experience, I have no doubt Mr. Sagnia will add much need value to TAT. We have lots of respect for his work as a journalist.”

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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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