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“Gambia-Demba” radio programme gives prize to winners

Apr 28, 2014, 10:40 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

“Gambia Demba”, a popular radio programme aired every Saturday night at the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) in a form of question-and-answer show, Friday gave handsome prizes to three different people and regions in The Gambia, sponsored by Trust Bank Gambia Limited.

Held at the Trust Bank main office in Banjul, the presentation was also done in the spirit of promoting the history and culture of The Gambia.

The winners were Pa Njie, Prime Insurance Company, who won a bag of rice and DVD player, Fakebba Ceesay of Kiang Kanton Kunda, who won a double cassette radio player, and Pa Jarreh Faye of Kombo Lamin, who won a 21-inch television.

“Gambia Demba” musical quiz was aimed at bringing history to the younger generation and the show, which is purely Gambian old days music across the country, started in 2009.

Saul Jagne, presenter of the programme “Gambia Demba” and education officer, broadcasting unit at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, said “Gambia Demba” is an entertainment based on Gambia music in the past, such as Supper Eagle, Fanbondon, Gelewar, and Libandor Karantaba. These were the bands in yesteryears.

“I later created quiz in the programme to bring awareness of the past to the younger generation,” he said.

He explained that the programme was national and by getting the interest of his audience, he thought it was wise enough to get assistance and he decided to write to many banks for sponsorship.

He revealed that he got the items such as DVD player, the 21-Inch television set, a bag of rice, double cassette player, through the generosity of Trust Bank, who sponsored the programme.

He said winning could be possible by answering questions for a particular week programme, and every week, four questions are aired live on GRTS across the country.

The callers are allowed to call and send text messages - for those who could not call, he added.

He said before the end of the programme, they would look who get the right answers for that particular week of the programme and from there the winner would be announced on a particular programme.

“The programme is open to everybody and even those abroad can call to appreciate the programme because I remember I received a call from Casamance,” he added.

Trust Bank senior marketing manager Dodou Nyang applauded the winners and encouraged them to contribute more to the programme.

“For Trust Bank Gambia Limited our doors are always open to all walks of life when it comes to national development,’’ he said.

Trust Bank is a Gambian Bank that always contributes its quota to national development, especially in such areas as health, education and culture, he said.

Even though the bank had taken a break on sponsoring radio programmes, they broke the rule because GRTS is a national radio station, whose programme they would sponsor if they could, Mr Nyang said.

He thanked Mr Jagne, as the host of the popular radio programme, for his wonderful initiative as many people follow the programme.

The ceremony was graced by the senior manager of finance and treasury, Omar Mboge, Abubacarr Jammeh of the marketing department and other dignitaries.