Feb 3, 2010, 1:03 PM
Mr. Malick Nyang is the publisher of "The Gambia Dates and Events from the Iron Age to the Present Day". He recently donated 25 copies of the book to dignitaries at the launch ceremony of the 9th Edition of the International Roots Festival at the 22nd of July Square in Banjul. These dignitaries included the President Jammeh, the Vice-President, Isatou Njie Saidy, Secretaries of State, Mayors, Chiefs, Alkalos and guests from the Diaspora. In an exclusive interview with The Point, Mr. Nyang was asked why he offered this kind gesture. He answered by saying that he did it because he wanted to contribute to the development of the nation and you can only start small. He said it can only be achieved if all of us unite and toil together to give the best we have to Africa.
Mr. Nyang, who disclosed his constraints and difficulties in publishing his book, said that he would like any stake holder, practitioner, government or NGO to kindly support him financially or in kind to attain his dream as a writer.
He commended the government of The Gambia and those people who stood by him during the trying times he went through to get his first book published. According to him another second edition is underway but the problem is finance. He revealed that at present there are 100 copies on sale at the moment.
Mr. Nyang, who was part of the delegates to celebrate the Roots Festival at different historical places across the country rated it as successful and momentous to every Gambian as well as the people who came from all over the world.