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WAG holds international press conference

Oct 29, 2019, 12:19 PM | Article By: Yunus S Saliu

Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG) on Saturday held a day international press conference where they discussed past, present and future engagement of the association both within and outside the country.

WAG is one of the seventh artistic associations in The Gambia. It was established in 2009, and since then it has been engaging in activities aside from the production of books.

Hassoum Ceesay, Director General of the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) applauded WAG for their efforts especially on promotion of reading and writing. He also expressed the National Center for Arts and Culture’s satisfaction on their other activities as they are not limited within the association and its members.

“WAG is doing very well to promote Gambia literature, Gambia culture and literacy. The NCAC and Ministry of Tourism and Culture are very happy with the association and its general members,” he said.

The NCAC Director General without restriction encouraged them to continue in their good trend while he further assured them of the Ministry and his center supports on their activities. Saying “all their activities fall within the parameters of the national development plan, particularly in the area of quality education through literacy, a vibrant reading culture.”

Musa Bah, vice president and Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe – Secretary General of WAG expounded on the Writers’ Association of The Gambia engagement.

Both of the executive members dilated on their recent international invitations extended to the association which includes invitation from the Senegalese Writers Association as guest of honor at the African Writers Week, scheduled for 6th to 9th November and Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) slated for 11th to 14th November taking place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

In addition, some other WAG members have been invited for a month long Residency in Nigeria and Sierra Leone for the months of November and December 2019.

In their quest to continue promoting reading and writing among the school children, the WAG is set to sign Memorandum of Understanding with some key partners to begin work in earnest. And also, to ensure their programs and activities are implemented.