A collection of poems and inspirational words, entitled ‘Keep The Dream Alive’, authored by Charlotte Ajuwa Smith, was recently launched at a ceremony held at the Ebunjan Theatre hall, in Kanifing.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Baboucarr Bouy, launched the book on behalf of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A. J. J Jammeh Babili Mansa.
The book covers a little bit of the author’s roots, her dreams to see a better and prosperous country and that inspired her to come up with such an inspiring work. The idea was also to share knowledge with those who are eagerly waiting for something or someone to transform their lives; to inspire people as well as to motivate those who are counting on someone who can rekindle their dreams and talents possibly with words through poetry.
Speaking at the ceremony, Baboucarr Bouy said an individual who values knowledge creation and sharing will not only make members of their family, and friends proud, but also serve as inspiration for the young ones who are looking for good role models in their society.
“As the book begins to find its ways into libraries, schools and bookshops, readers will find the book as a useful tool that every so ul searching person must read.”
PS Bouy maintained that the book, a compilation of poems and tips for success, is an expression of the author’s intention and wish to share knowledge to those who are eagerly waiting for something or someone to transform their lives.
He further noted that the author has carefully selected poems which can help people believe more in themselves, have greater faith in God, among others.
Charlotte Ajuwa Smith, the author, said she made it through determination and getting the right people to mentor her, not by the size of their pocket money, but rather the size of their love, motivation and teachings.
She said her vision is to create a centre in a form of a poetry club for youths and even the elderly to help them build their dreams and achieve their goals and become what they want to be in life.
“It is high time youths opened up and voiced out their problems in order to be helped. I am happy to announce that Glory Baptist School, my Alma Mata, has offered to give me place which will be developed to cater for reading skills and library,” Smith remarked.
Jama Jack, a blogger and women rights advocate, said the day was also important in the sense that the talent and bravery of Charlotte Ajuwa Smith was being celebrated.
“As with most sectors of growth and development, girls and women are dealt the lesser hand when it comes to access, and this is due to a number of reasons, and key among them are the social and cultural environments in which we raise our girls, who grow up to become women,” she remarked.
Jama Jack stated that with the new generation of writers and storytellers, especially female, there is even greater hope of discovering stories that they can easily relate to, and of characters that look like them and share similar cultures with them.
by Omar Wally