For the first time in history a Gambian student has won the ‘Africa Student Activist of the Year award courtesy of the All-African Students’ Union (AASU).
Ansumana B. Bojang, the President of the University of The Gambia Students’ Union, has been awarded in recognition of his outstanding student leadership in The Gambia.
The award ceremony was part of activities marking the fifth edition of the African Students and Youth Summit held on August 13, 2016 in Accra, Ghana. The event is organised to honour personalities and institutions that have distinguished themselves in their areas of endeavour to uplift Africa from its current predicaments.
In another development, Ansumana also received an award from the Organisation of African Development as Sustainable Peace and Prosperity Ambassador 2012-2017.
AASU is a Pan-African student organisation formed to galvanise young people particularly students towards the development of the continent. Established in 1972, AASU is now present in all 54 countries in Africa.
Speaking in a press conference, Bojang told journalists he was delighted to receive the award, noting that hard work pays. “When you are leading you are not there for yourself but rather improve the condition of the people you are leading; if you cannot do that as a leader you then find it difficult to achieve your goal,” he stated.
Award dedicated to President Jammeh
The student president revealed that this award is dedicated to His Excellency the President as a show of appreciation of his support to the team that led the country to attend the summit and the award night.
“He [President Jammeh] sponsored the trip so we could not do much than to dedicate this award to him, and of course when it comes to the University he has been giving his support particularly to the UTGSU,” Bojang affirmed.
Dr Omar Jah, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, congratulated Bojang on the award, noting that he is delighted that the award is peace related. Dr. Jah further affirmed that Ansumana’s award from the AASU is a historic move as it means that the University of The Gambia is already on the world map. He affirmed that it’s historic that a student from the UTG has been honoured with such an award.
Sanna Darboe, a member of the Gambian delegation that attended the awards ceremony, noted that Ansumana has written his name on the global map, for his achievements in academia as well as in severing humanity.
“Receiving [such] an outstanding leadership award is a clear testimony for his selfless devotion in student unionism across the continent,” he affirmed.
Darboe asserted that Bojang is an asset and icon not only for the University of The Gambia but the country as a whole. He said Ansumana has taken the mantle of leadership well by championing and leading students to many international debates and trainings, leading to many successes.
by Saffiatou Colley