Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Initiative to honour Pa Modou Njie (Gainde) our diaspora cultural ambassador


Visitors to the Internet site of brother Pa Modou Njie (Gainde) over the years have enriched their taste with his ever vibrant arrays of cultural and musical videos and audios.
Pa Modou operates the http://www.onegambia.com/ in Sweden, however the existence of the site touch us all over the western world. The site has been operating over the past many years, with new addition every so often. Pa Modou has with him classic collections of diverse Gambian traditional and cultural materials. Thus he fulfills our nostalgic appetite for something authentically Gambian.
This collections are varied in content and age. The Gambia Radio and Television services old collection laying dormant are brought to live by the capable skills of Pa Modou.
The main reason we should honour one of our own is rooted in his blindness to tribal bias as evident on his site. One can find audios and videos of Mandingo, Wollof, Fula, Sarahuleh, Jola, Aku ethnic programs and so on alive on his site.
His cultural transcendence is something valuable for us all to emulate. When we talk and write about unity, then we should not hesitate to embrace those who practise it in an open and honest manner. No cultural tradition is insignificant, hence everyone looks out for something that appeals to his/her heritage. It is hard to find people who can equally promote what is not necessarily their ethnic traditions.
I call on you to write a statement of Support for the recognition of Pa Modou Njie as the 2010 diaspora cultural touch bearer ( ambassador).

9 comments:

龐克搖滾 said...

閒暇為所有財富中最美好的財富........................................

solo said...
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solo said...

Thank you Suntou for bringing forth a guy that made it his task to bring our culture to the world through the most modern way available. I give my support in upholding a very insightful fellow.

SUNTOU TOURAY said...

Indeed Solo, Gainde is an credible brother. I hope Gambians in diaspora recognise his role.

Anonymous said...

Njie is creative, and his love for Gambian culture and musical entertainment speaks volumes concerning his dedication to rooting out that seemingly dead part of The Gambia to life. Yes, he is our diaspora cultural ambassador.

Yeks

Anonymous said...

Bravo Gainde, a fine job for Gambians away from home. Cheers

Laye Dem

Anonymous said...

Salaam Suntu,

That's a good recommendation Pa Modou Njie is really a cultural ambassador of the Gambians in the diaspora. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture can consider to award him a cultural ambassadorship for the talent and initiative he has showcase in promoting Gambian culture in the diaspora, moreso in the internet, which millions of people living out there can see and hear what Gambian are capable of doing in terms of their cultural identity. To me culture is one of the identity of a person and if a person follow his/her culture trait in whatever form you will be dignify in any society.

Let him write something to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, it will supported Insallahu Ta'ala.
CeesayKunda

Tamsier said...

Gainde's energy, drive and hard work cannot be faulted. I have left similar remarks about this gentleman [Pa Modou] on Bantaba as well as on onegambia.com. He is a great ambassador in preserving our ancient history and tradition something close to my heart. I add my weight to any favourable accolade bestowed upon him. He is one of the great champions of the preservation of Senegambian history and tradition, not merely through words but through actions as well and his website is a testament to that fact. I wish more people visit his site and use the invaluable resources available there. He is a true ambassador in every sense of the word and I wish him all the best.

Anonymous said...

One Gambia is for all cultures across the Gambia.
Ansu