Jul 24, 2008, 4:29 AM
With the demise of Dawda aka D Faal Wednesday, The Gambia has lost a good educationist and passionate historian who dedicated his life to teaching young Gambians the history of their great country. His book The History of The Gambia since AD1000 first published in 1992, became the first school text dedicated to the entire National History syllabus of the
He qualified from Yundum Teachers's College in 1967, taught at
The last time he came to see me, he told me that in his college days, he was a hothead Pan-Africanist, a supporter of the late Kwame Ture aka Stockley Carmichael (1942-1998), of the Black Panthers fame. D Faal was instrumental in inviting Stockley to
His inchoate Pan-Africanism began to take shape in
In fact, D Faal was a voracious reader. He read great historians of our time such as Martin Klein, Phillip Curtin, Adu Boahen, Arnold Toynbee and the Greek Greats such as Thucididyes and Herodutus, the Father of history.
He was a simple man, full of passion for teaching and developing young minds. Yet, his students will remember that he was an uncompromising disciplinarian especially when it comes to handing in assignments. I enjoyed talking to him, for he had a wide mind that was able to add value to any topic under the sun.
I pray for his soul to rest in peace.
(D. Faal Gambian historian and educationist, born c.1942; died April 13 2011).