Famara Fofana, a news editor at GRTS TV and a creative writer is primed to launch his first major literary work in the form of a book entitled ‘When My Village Was my Village.’ The much publicised event is set to take place tomorrow Friday at The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) in Kanifing at 4pm.
Famara, who is a regular contributor to local newspapers notably the Daily Observer and The Standard has long aspired to become an author since his days in Nusrat Senior Secondary School where he fell in love with literature-in-English, culminating in his awarding as the best literature student upon his graduation in the famed high school.
The book, a fiction, tells the story of Bukamanka, a closely-knit African settlement, whose dwellers had long lived in harmony before domestic political wrangling and conflict of interest set a once happy people against one another. Consequently, the deep divisions sowed the seeds of discord, bickering and blackmail until the hosting of a grand male circumcision ceremony that forced a divided community to come together and preserve what remains of their much treasured social fabric. The spell-binding narrative provides the readers with a vivid picture of a village immersed in tradition, suspense and superstition.
The launching ceremony is expected to be graced by Gambians from different walks of life including academics, education officials, students, writers as well as youth leaders. The chief launcher of the event is Mr. Nana Grey-Johnson, dean of the School of Journalism and Digital Media, University of The Gambia, where the author Famara Fofana himself attends. It is to be punctuated by series of educative programmes such as poetry and drama by members of Nusrat Senior Secondary School’s Peer Health group.
by Binta Jammeh