#National News

Young Gambian writer makes top four West African writers list

Feb 25, 2022, 11:30 AM | Article By: Makutu Manneh

Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, an award-winning Gambian novelist, playwright, poet and scholar has made the list of top four West African writers, adding another achievement to his collections.

The Gambian laureate is regarded as the youngest dominant figure in modern Gambian and African literature.

In an interview with The Point, Sowe described the achievement as another win for The Gambia.
According to him, "Whenever I write, you are literally going to read three things: art, music and literature.”

He added that, as long as he served his country, he would continue to work to help others to see our common humanity and find common ground.

His first play and magnum opus, The Throne of The Ghost published in 2016 in the USA by the African Books Collective occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, taught, and read African drama across the world.
Sowe is the founder of the Young Writers’ Association of The Gambia (YWAG) and former Secretary-General of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG).

He is the current Executive Director of the World Writers’ Association (WoWA).

He authored ‘Don’t Judge The Book By The Cover’, ‘AfriKa Not AfriCa’, ‘The Throne of The Ghost’ and ‘The Memories of Reflection’.
He started writing at the age of 14 and won the prize for Best Young Gambian Writer of The Year 2019. Mr Sowe is also the WAG Laureate for Children’s Literature 2019.

Modou Lamin Sowe was featured in TWAWEZA, an anthology of 24 African Non-Fiction Stories published by the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) during the PenPen Africa Writers Residency held in Abuja, Nigeria.

He recently won an award for excellence for his contributions to African literature presented to him by the International Association of African Authors and Scholars (IAAAS), Atlanta, USA.