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International artist salute President Jammeh's passion for culture

Jun 3, 2010, 2:30 PM | Article By: Alieu O. Jabang & Isatou Senghore

Two international artists and one sport personnel who are taking part in the ongoing Kanilai International Cultural Festival have hailed the president Jammeh for his love for culture. They described Jammeh as a man with his own words and a true lover of truth, humanity and peace.
Chaz Guest an American artist who visited the Gambia following an invitation by the President to attend the Kanilai Festival told our reporters upon their arrival at the Banjul International Airport that President Jammeh is a truthful person, a lover of culture, peace and humanity who also goes all out to see his people develop.
"I came to attend the President's birthday and the Kanilai International Festival. This is because he is a man of his words, a lover of the truth, a promoter of culture and peace in Africa. The more I read about him, the more I thought about him. I am always moved with his diligent personalities. I really like the types of his personality not because he is president but because he stands for what is just. I really felt honoured to be invited to attend this festival and his birthday," Chaz Guest stated.
He added that Jammeh has made every African or black people proud when he addressed the United Nation General Assembly on the needs of African people last year. This speech, he added is history in the life of Africa as a continent.
"He only needs support and encouragement to succeed in his development plans. Let us all as Africans or black people join him for the good of the continent," he concluded.
Ms Ichina Arnold, a TV show presenter in the US stated that she felt very special and honoured to be invited by the resident to attend the festival and his birthday. She said the President is a man of culture who is also very conscious of the needs of his people. She added that if Africa has many in the likes of Jammeh, then soon Africa would be cherished by all and sundry.
Yaya Jobe, alias Yekini, a Senegalese wrestler, who was also in Banjul at the invitation of president Jammeh for the Kanilai international festival, also expressed similar sentiments.
Fatou Mass Jobe, minister of tourism and culture, who was at the airport to receive the guest described president Jammeh as a man of all people, noting that he promotes peace and culture.
"He promotes peace and culture not only in the Gambia but also in Africa and the world at large. If the outsiders can recognise his efforts, why not us as Gambians?", tourism and culture minister said.