Director of Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN- Gambia) has been announced
as the receiver of youth-focused online media organization The Stone Circle
“Youth of the Year” award and conferred on him this week. The award ceremony was held at the
GYIN-Gambia office in Churchill’s Town.
The award, which is in commemoration of the International Youth Day, seeks to recognize the efforts of youth and celebrate their invaluable contributions to national development.
Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of The Stone Circle, Saikou Suwareh Jabai said the annual award is aimed at recognizing and encouraging young Gambians who continue to achieve and make outstanding contributions to national development.
“Not all those who strive succeed. The ‘Youth of the Year’ award do not only acknowledge success; it will also recognizes many other qualities such as ability, struggle, effort, commitment and above all, excellence in service,” he said.
Mr. Jabai explained that the award was based on editorial judgment and that it considers the past 12 months under-review. He added that three candidates were nominated and Mamadou Edrissa Njie won majority of the votes.
He described Njie as a passionate youth worker who has been doing tremendously well especially in the area of rural youth empowerment, adding that young people like Njie need to be encouraged to keep going above and beyond.
Managing Director Ebrima Darboe congratulated the award winner, saying the award speaks volume about Njie’s selfless service to young people of The Gambia. “Nothing makes hard work feel more well-earned than a sense of acknowledgement,” he said.
Mr. Darboe further reiterated that every day, young people set spectacular goals and achievements are being reached. He added that there is no better way to reward these achievements than such a prestigious an award.
Reacting to the award, Mamadou Edrissa Njie expressed appreciation, saying, “I am honored to be the ‘Youth of the Year’. This award is a manifestation of the work that I am doing in contributing to national development,” he said.
Mr. Njie said he was dedicating the award to his mentor Moses Abukari, former IFAD country programme manager for West and Central Africa.