of tradition and culture promoters over the weekend received Baobab Awards in
recognition of their outstanding contributions to culture, not only in The
Gambia but Africa as a whole. The award
known as Baobab Award was named by the organiser, is an annual organised event
used to celebrate the leadership of individuals and organisations, who advanced
innovative solution and demonstrated meaningful progress especially in terms of
arts, tradition and culture.
The award was organised by Iroko Events International, with a different categories as recipients have done a lot in their areas of specialty, this included Culture and Community Building Award, Lifelong Achievement Award, Entrepreneurship Excellence Award, Entertainment Excellence Award, Goodwill Ambassador Award and more.
Baobab Award has been hosting annually in different countries, in a rotational form since its establishment seven years ago. It started in Austria and since then, hosted in countries like Ukraine, UK, and Nigeria among other places before the recent edition held in The Gambia, whiles next edition is scheduled for Ghana.
The awardees are Baba Ceesay, Director General of National Center for Arts and Culture, Sheik Omar Jallow, Matty Jobe, Oba Moshood Abolade Ariwajoye 1 of Yoruba Community in The Gambia, Chief Peter N M Uguwu, Fatou Bah and Tu Scarce among others. They were also dressed along with medals.
Commenting on the event, Omotunde Komolafe of Iroko Events International disclosed that, the Baobab Award started in the diaspora to honour Africans for doing great jobs. He said it is also meant to give back to society, as it is to encourage and give awardees hope that will make them to do better than they have been doing.
He noted that coming 2019 the Iroko Events International will hold the Adire Heritage Festival in The Gambia to celebrate African culture and heritage.