First home trained journalists conferred degrees

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The University of The Gambia (UTG) on Saturday graduated the first batch of Journalism graduates at the 11th convocation held at Qcity, Bijilo.

The 13 disciples as described by  the dean of School of Journalism and Digital Media, Nana Grey-Johnson, will go down in the history of this country as the first home trained degree holders in journalism.

The 11th convocation was presided over by the chancellor of The University of The Gambia, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow.

The 13 students were: Baboucarr Camara, Saikou Ceesay, Karaboulie Conteh, Aisha Jagne, Lamin Jahateh, Momodou Kanteh, Malick Mboob, Mustapha Mbye, Sang Mendy, Bekai Njie, Balla Musa Saidy, Abdoulie Sey and Omar Wally.

They were conferred Bachelor of Arts Journalism by the University of The Gambia.

Speaking to The Point, Bekai Njie, who is editor-in-chief of The Point newspaper, said it was a great achievement not only for the graduates but for the entire nation.

He described the journey as rough at some points but successful in the end.

“Journalism is a very important profession,” he said. “So the job therefore needs people who are trained to shoulder that great responsibility.”

“I am highly grateful to two great men for being the architects of the School of Journalism and Digital Media: Prof. Muhammadou O. Kah and Nana Grey-Johnson, because without these two great men, some of us might not have a degree in Journalism in this country.”

 Sang Mendy, one of the Journalism graduates, expressed delight for being a degree holder from the UTG, noting that a lot is now expected from them taking into account that they are the first ambassadors from School of Journalism.

 “We want to continue setting the pace in the newsroom and Journalism education. We are also throwing the challenge to the young people behind to look up to us because we are also looking up to many people up there,” he said.

Mustapha Mbye, said that it has been a long four years at the School of Journalism, while thanking dean Nana Grey-Johnson for conceiving the idea of establishing a journalism school in The Gambia.

Aisha Jagne also expressed delight for being the first female Gambian journalist to bag a bachelor’s degree from the University of The Gambia, adding that the next thing she would do is to go straight for her master’s program.

For Aboulie Sey, academia is in his roots, saying he was hoping to continue with his education for higher heights.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara & Sankulleh Gibril Janko