May 16, 2008, 7:49 AM
Having realised the significance of togetherness and unity among people, particularly professionals, the young actors in The Gambia recently assembled at the Kanifing Municipal Council Chambers to form an association known as The Gambia Youth Actors Association (GAMYAA).
During its first general assembly, GAMYAA members reaffirmed their commitment in promoting The Gambia through culture and theatre movies.
Amongst its aims and objectives, the association intends to promote Gambian culture through acting, promote quality movies and help develop the acting skills of its members, help strengthen the movie industry in The Gambia and to produce movies that can attract both the local and international market.
Speaking on the occasion, Momodou Joof, director of arts and culture, applauded the initiative and thus commend the members of GAMYAA for the move.
He said that there is a great potential in the Gambian movie industry. "Today marks another historic occasion in the country's movie industry," Mr. Joof said.
He assured the members of the association of his office's full support and corporation for the attainment of their objectives.
The assembly also elected its first executive to steer the affairs of the newly born and promising young actors association.
They include Ms. Matty Jobe, as president, Ida Bidwell as 1st vice president, Sarata Gassama, as general secretary, Mary Tebbs, social secretary and Foday Touray as public relations officer.
The occasion was moderated by one Momodou Jallow, a sympathiser.
In her acceptance speech shortly after the election, president elect, Matty Jobe, thanked the members of the association for the trust and confidence bestowed on her.
She promised to do her best for the overall attainment of the organisational goals of GAMYAA.
She said that the association will help encourage the talents and potential of the young people.