awaited and much talked about Roots Festival is finally underway. The event was
officially launched over the weekend by President Jammeh at a ceremony held in
July 22nd Square in Banjul.
The theme for this year's edition of the bi-annual festival is "Celebrating
Unity Through Culture". The events of the festival are designed to enlighten
people culturally and expose them to the culture and hospitality of The Gambia.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Jammeh said the Roots Festival is an
occasion to reflect on the past and envision a new future. He stressed that the
event is not just to attract investors and tourists to The Gambia but to remind
Africans that they will no longer be ill treated. He said that despite being a
small country The Gambia will never be enslaved or colonised by anyone no
earlier, Mr. Momodou C. Joof, Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee,
said that The Gambia has been hosting the Roots Festival since 1996 and despite
being a small country it is a cultural champion.
statement, the secretary of State for Tourism and Culture, Hon. Nancy Seedy
Njie said that the event was founded in 1996, initially as an annual event, to
build bridges between The Gambia and the Diaspora and promote cultural tourism.
carnival will continue in various parts of the country before concluding in
Kanilai where there will be a pan-African symposium. Guests will enjoy
traditional African wrestling and also witness ritual ceremonies.