Gambia to host Domban Wuru festival

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As part of efforts in promoting and sustaining culture in the sub-region, The Gambia is on the preparation to host the second edition of Domba Wuru festival on Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December, 2018.

It will be organised by the Garankata Goolibire; an association of Soninkara-Garankos (Heritage of leather workers) from the sub-region who are descendants of a Serahulleh historical family called “Garankos.”

The organisation’s members gather annually in one country to celebrate their cultural heritage geared towards networking and promoting peace and unity within their member states.

Speaking at a press conference at the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in Fajara, Sheikh Omar Jallow, director of performing and creative art at NCAC said the festival is annually organised by the Garankata Goolibire society of West Africa. “These Garankos gather annually in one country to celebrate their cultural heritage by networking and promoting peace and unity within their member countries as well as to strengthen the bilateral relation between countries where Garankos are found in West Africa.”

Mr. Jallow added that the Association has been in existence for the past two years, mobilising and cementing their culture of leather work and transferring the skill and trade to their young ones.

Asa Hakuru Sillah, diaspora representative and Bai Mamo Sumbumdu from The Gambia chapter both thanked the National Center for Arts and Culture and the Government of The Gambia through the ministry of Tourism and Culture for working with them towards the organisations important festival.