Oct 28, 2009, 5:40 PM
A veteran politician, scout master and historian, Alhagie A.E. Cham Joof alias SM was born to the late Ebrima Joof and Ajaratou Annah Samba of Number 7 Griffith Street, Half Die in
According to the former Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Observer, Mr Baba Galleh Jallow, uncle A.E. Cham Joof’s active public career began with the formation of the Gambia Young People’s Association and culminated in his recently ended tenure as member of the National Consultative Committee set up to study and review the AFPRC government’s programs of rectification and time table for transition to democratic constitutional rule in the Gambia.
As early as 1943 at the age of 20 and still a school boy, Uncle AE Cham Joof was made leader of a Gambian Contingent of boys scout travelling to
He was prominent among the organizers of the Bread and Butter demonstration, which spearheaded constitutional development in the
In 1965, he founded Bathurst Studios, where young men were trained on arts and craft. It was this studio that designed and produced the BCC coat of arms. In 1966, he was founder member and secretary general of the Gambia Farmers and Fishermen’s union and also served as secretary to Alex Haley, when he visited The Gambia to research the Roots in 1967. In 1978, he was a founder member and secretary of the Mbotaye Xam Xami Wollof, Wollof Wisdom’s Association, which was instrumental in spreading knowledge of our traditional history and values.
He joined radio
The demise of Uncle AE Cham Joof brought tears to many people’s eyes. He was a dynamic and soft spoken person, who kept a very low profile. His door was always open to anyone in need of his service. His demise on Sunday 2nd April 2011 came as a shock to many people within the Senegambian region. As the saying goes, the hardest steps of a journey are the last steps. Not only the Joof family or close associates of uncle Cham Joof, but the entire nation has lost somebody special. The few words I would like to extend to his family and close associates are that there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal. So let us all believe and take comfort in God.