Child Fund’s communication specialist and one time editor of The Gambia Radio
and Television Services (GRTS) Famara Fofona will publish another book title,
“Recollections of an African Child” on February 10th at Gambia Tourism and
Hospitality Institution (GTHI) hall in Kanifing.
Mr. Fofana, also a Journalism and Digital Media student at the University of The Gambia said the book is a creative non-fiction because it is a true story; a summary of some of the defining moments that have shaped his early days at the village.
He said not everyone can have the patient to read, saying that the issue of reading is one thing that can’t be forced upon people. “Time and again, we have been blaming others for not embracing our work as writers, but I do believe that producing literature that is rich in both style and substance will help make a difference,” Fofana said,
His brief stint as a community development worker, which included day-to-day dealings with ordinary villagers and his childhood experiences contributed greatly to the writing of the book.
He said some parts of the book discuss the environment of people, saying some of the things that are captured in the book are almost not prevailing in today’s realities. “Things like hunting spree, the informal Quranic education “Karantaa”, moonlight plays, “saliboo” etc, have almost become things of the past.”
In his own words, Fofana said in the book, he tried to recreate by writing those beautiful moments that are fast disappearing in thin air. “It also falls within my own little way of contributing to cultural revival. I may not be that old enough to teach others our norms and values but through this, I think we can help remind the younger generation about those age-old ethos that underpin The Gambia of yesterday.”
Additionally, some of the flashback moments that recount the author and his family’s economic woes and how he never stopped believing, can be inspiring in themselves. “These are particularly true of children that are less privileged,” he said.
He encouraged young people, especially students doing literature to read the book, saying he believes they will find it useful.
He also emphasized that the issue of copyright is important in getting the work falling into the wrong hands without due consent from the author. “In fact, that is clearly indicated in the book.”