Connie Tucker Legacy Youth Leadership and Performing Arts Camp underway

Friday, October 19, 2018

Connie Tucker Legacy Youth Leadership and Performing Arts Camp, which is for youths between the ages of 12 to18 is now underway. They focus on 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement for leadership, academics, culture, economics and spirituality (LACES philosophy).

The camp is slated for October 6th, 12th and 19th at Kairaba Hotel and expected to complete on October 26th.  It is being organized by Gambian international publicist, journalist and youth activist Olimatta Taal, who has a strong background in theatre, music, and grassroots organizing.  Since the age of 13, Ms. Taal was a member of the Black Belt Arts and Culture Center where she began to groom her talent as a performer and orator.

Ms. Taal toured the world, performing, speaking and organizing young people.  Her work includes her co-founding youth organizations like the Straight Up, Ujima Youth Collective, Youth Task Force, Sizzla Youth Foundation, and Connie Tucker Legacy Foundation. 

 Saturday October 6th, the participants learnt lot of talents which include writing, drama, poetry, arts and crafts, African Dancing, Drumming, singing, and TV/film production.

Taal said they will also teach the participants on African history to instill a strong value of self-love and self-identity.  “Each youth will also start a personal journal to assist them with their development in the process. The end of the camp, family and friends will be invited to a production featuring the youth and the skills they have learned during the performance camp.”

She called on sponsors to come and support the great initiative that they are doing. She added that they hope to have at least majority of the youth sponsored to attend the camp by businesses or individuals. “This will give talented youth from low income communities the opportunity to participate regardless of economic status,” she said.

 Ms. Taal explained that the youth performance will showcase the different areas that the youths have been exposed to in the camp, at the area of youth leadership and performance arts.

Taal has also worked in the business side of the music industry with Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Alborosie, Dead Prez, Outkast and more.  Her goal is to now use the knowledge through expertise and experience to work with youths in The Gambia. 

Author: Pa Modou Cham