The National Assembly member for Nianija Constituency, Hon. Habsana Jallow, was one of the recipients of the sixth African Young Achievers of the Year Award 2016.
The Award, according to the organisers, was in recognition of her contribution towards the growth and development of The Gambia as the youngest member of the Gambian Parliament.
“We are convinced that your drive and determination has empowered other youths to aim at achieving their goals and attaining success,” the organisers said in a letter addressed to the Gambian Lawmaker.
Based in Abuja, Nigeria, the African Achievers Awards (AAA) is a yearly event birthed to recognise individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their contribution towards the growth and development of Africa. The organisers said their focus is to motivate all African leaders including the future leaders through recognising the persons and organisations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa.
Hon. Jallow, the youngest Member of the ECOWAS Parliament was in the Nigerian capital to receive her award.
Speaking in a Daily Observer interview at the weekend, she informed this medium that she has decided to dedicate her award to His Excellency the President, because without President Jammeh’s endorsement to contest through the ruling APRC ticket, it would be difficult for her to get this far.
“When I got up at the ceremony to express thanks to the African Achievers Awards Committee, the first thing I said was that ‘I dedicated this award to President Jammeh’ and all those inside the conference hall were amazed with it,” she said.
The Nianija MP also sent her profound thanks and appreciation to the Speaker of National Assembly of The Gambia, and all Parliamentarians for their unflinching support. She said her fellow colleagues contributed greatly to this wonderful award thus thanking her electorates also for the trust and confidence reposed in her.
Speaking on the African Achievers Award, Hon. Jallow said this annual event is fast becoming one of the biggest gatherings of influential and global African achievers on the continent. Every year, she went on, AAA hold their annual lecture series which takes place at the House of Parliament in the United Kingdom, while the award ceremony holds in a location in Africa.
The AAA awarding ceremony has in the past been held in England, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and most recently in Nigeria and it is been rated by Forbes Magazine as one the most prestigious award ceremonies that represents the whole of the African continent.
by Lamin B. Darboe