annual Niamina Dankunku Festival will commence today in the Central River
Region historic community which brings together natives and people from the
surrounding communities in a two-day cultural festival.
It will be hosted by Maribantang Development Association [DAMDA] with the purpose to reflect on the importance of culture and raise awareness towards the development of the community.
Sulayman Mboge, financial and operation manager of Radville Farm who doubles as DAMDA chairman said, the festival will help to attract tourists as Niamina have many unknown historical places that can attract tourism if taken into good use.
He said different cultural tribes will be performing at the festival. “We have a twin partnership with the people of Niumi who will also come and showcase their cultural talent during the festival in Dankunku.”
According to him, they are expecting over 500 delegates including cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and Gambians cultural groups.
Mr. Mboge said DAMDA’s main idea is to bring development in Niamina Dankunku, saying that, when the Association was formed; they conducted a consultation tour of the community as a demand driven activity to see what they needed.
He said after the consultation, they find out that health facility, water, market and good road network are some of the major needed facilities in the district. “There was no electricity at the health centre and also in very poor condition, but that has now become history as we have electrified the health centre.”
He said they are now working with an organisation call the Sight of Niamina. He noted that, the organisation has conducted free surgery at the clinic last year and rehabilitated the Dankunku mosque.
According to Mboge, the organising committee targets 3.1million dalasi to build a modern health facility for the district of Niamina Dankunku, saying they have already raised over 200, 000 dalasi.
“The aim is to support not only Dankunku but the whole district to get access to a proper health facility from the nearest area. We are appealing to government and philanthropists for support to meet our development aspiration.”