Jun 5, 2008, 4:49 AM
The book was officially launched on 12 October at a ceremony held at the school grounds.
The event was attended by the school management, staff and students of the school, government officials and parents.
The author, Adam Nyang, who is currently in grade 11 (arts class), is said to have written the book during the last academic year while she was in grade 10.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Principal of the school, Mr Karamo S. Bojang, who is the main sponsor of the book, describes the author as one of the brightest students who got enrolled at Nusrat with excellent results.
Adam Nyang is the first grade 10 student to publish a book in the school, the principal said, adding that he came across the author through a book club established in the school, which has been helping students in widening their bank of vocabulary.
“When I got to know Adam and speak with her, she said to me that she was writing a book. Then I told her to keep up the good work and the writing and that I would publish it,” Mr Bojang explained.
The principal remarked further on the finished work of his student: “This is a very good achievement of the school and Nusrat will do all that is possible to help you achieve your goals.”
In her statement, author Adam Nyang says she has made reading her hobby since at primary school level.
Upon enrolling at Nusrat, she spoke to her English teacher Musa Bah about her interest in writing, Nyang said.
Mr Bah and the school principal Mr Bojang encouraged her to carry on, saying they were always willing and ready to support her in her academic work. This assurance, she said, motivated and inspired her the more to author the book.
“It’s a dream come true to see that something I have written is published and my fellow students and others are benefiting from it,” she thanked God for giving her the ability to do such a work.
She also encourages her fellow students to make reading their hobby, as she thanked her parents, teachers and the principal for their support.
In his book review, Mr Musa Bah, the English teacher who coordinates the book club in the school, said the book revolves around two women - Mariam Faal and Olimatou Ceesay - who were friends from childhood to adulthood.
The book gives an interesting and life-touching account about the struggles and vicissitudes of life the two women experienced through their journey of achieving success in life. At the end of the day both women emerged successful in life; something all ambitious young girls and, by extension, all and sundry should learn from and expect to face, somehow, in this vale of tears.
Mr Bah congratulated the author for her tireless efforts in writing the book and urged other students to emulate her.
Speakers on the occasion included Awa Senghore-Nyang (the author’s mum) who also pointed out her daughter’s keen and avid interest in reading and writing.
She thanked the principal and teachers of Nusrat Senior Secondary School for supporting her daughter.