Jan 14, 2015, 10:31 AM
The Extra-ordinary Parliamentarian of the 21st Century
Hello and a warm welcome to yet another scintillating edition of Personality of the Week, your weekly column aimed at bringing prominent Gambian top notches and achievers into the limelight.
In today's edition, we bring you the profile of a woman who has exemplified, and in fact proved beyond reasonable doubt that the government of the
Hon. Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay, the Gambian born parliamentarian by all standards, deserves a public attention and should thus be portrayed in this light as an extra ordinary personality of the 21st century.
A scion of the towering Garba Jahumpa family, FJC has obviously inherited some of her fathers political charisma and astuteness; never missing out on any opportunity to win a political advantage.
A household name in the
This great woman worthy of being recorded by the present and future histories of the
A revision of her starling qualities will amount to singing an endless litany of praises. Hon. Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay, a pacesetter in parliamentary business, development mogul, a living legend of philanthropy and, above all, the woman of the people, has made history for being the first African woman to head the largest Regional Parliamentary Group in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as President of Africa Region.
Her journey to greatness, characterised by the rare virtues of honesty, hard work and discipline, is noteworthy. As a role model for all, especially Gambian and African women, FJC's style of life gives surge and confidence and spurs growth and greatness in the lives of the willing.
Through her landmarks, she has made vivid the fact that the government is indeed in the right track towards women empowerment in this country. Hon. Jahumpa-Ceesay exudes the great thoughts and visions of President Jammeh for the
She attended Methodist Prep and Kindergarten school and Crab Island Junior Secondary before proceeding to Armitage and later
Seen as a delight to behold, FJC obtained a higher Diploma Certificate in Print Journalism at the Centre for Foreign Journalists in
Mrs. Jahumpa's career began with her employment as an announcer at Radio
She joined the Daily Observer and Point Newspapers as a freelance, where she was a columnist for family focus, writing on women, children and political issues.
In recognition of her commitment to women and youth development, she was appointed as a lady councillor at Banjul City Council in 1985 and became the first woman Deputy Mayor of
In February 2002, she was nominated to the West African Community Parliament (ECOWAS Parliament). Mrs. Jahumpa-Ceesay is the Co-ordinator of Economic Community Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) and the first woman to be appointed Deputy Speaker (4th) in the ECOWAS parliament. In February
2007, she was again nominated by President Jammeh as Speaker of the National Assembly, a position she still holds.
She is the founder/former board member of the West African Networking for Peace Gambia Chapter (WANEP). She was an election observer in the 2003 Presidential, Gubernatorial and National Assembly elections in
Also observer in elections in
FJC has both local and international awards. Insignia of Medal of the National Order of the Republic of the
In May 2006, FJC was elected as the Regional Representative for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region). She is the adopted mother of the National Association of patriotic Students of the Gambia (NAPSA). On
FJC was in September 2007, was elected
As many of her peers already attest, Hon. Fatoumatta Jahumpa-Ceesay like any other serious minded woman owns her success to hard work and exemplary commitment to duty.
In recognition of her sustained and invaluable contribution to not only the development of the Gambia but Africa in general, FJC was in August 2008 elected as the 1st African woman to head the largest Regional Parliamentary Group in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as President of the Africa Region.
Married with a family of three, FJC enjoys working with children, reading, current affairs, meeting people, gardening, cooking and playing golf. She is no doubt an asset to the continent.