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NTI KAARA AFRICAN AND DIASPORA COMMUNITIES MULTI PLATFORM MEDIUM, EUROPE
01 - 31 DECEMBER, 2014
NTI KAARA AFRICAN AND DIASPORA COMMUNITIES MULTI PLATFORM MEDIUM, EUROPE
01 - 31 DECEMBER, 2014
You can kill the crazy thinker but you cannot kill
his crazy idea whose time has come -
Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu
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GAMBIAN SARAHULLEH COMMUNITY MOURNS ONE OF ITS PROMINENT TYCOONS, ALHAGIE ABOULATIF TOURAY
The Touray Kunda Xabila of Sotuma Sere Village in the Upper River Region (URR), the people of the same community and members of the Sarahulleh/Soninke Communities in and out of The Gambia are mourning the passing of Alhagie Aboulatif Touray.
He responded to the call of the Almighty Allah on Thursday February 27, 2014 on his way from Guinea Bissau back to The Gambia. He has just been laid to rest in Kanifing this Friday February 28, 2014 after “Jumah” prayers...
Alhagie Aboulatif Touray who was one of the many maternal grandfathers of the Founder of "NTI XANNEN Rajon Do Televisonka (NXR.tv)" was among the prominent fabulously rich tycoons of the Gambian mercantile Sarahulleh Community. His phalanx of business holdings include a conglomerate of diamonds, real estate, financial services (money transfer) and agro-industrial units in The Gambia, Senegal, USA , Saudi Arabia and other places.
He was very active in ploughing back substantial part of his enormous wealth into the community by setting up “Madrassas” in Serrekunda (Bartes) and his native Sotuma Sere Village. During the annual lean months of the rainy season and “Ramadan”, he extended food and other financial aid to the needy. Kissima (grand father) Aboulatif was also paying school fees and sponsoring the travel plans of countless young men and women in and out of The Gambia.
Young entrepreneurs seeking capital to start-up innovative business ventures also benefited from his economic empowerment grants.
Alhagie Aboulatif is survived by four wives, numerous children, grandchildren and great grand children.
Stay tuned to NTIXANNEN.COM for continuing special live and recorded coverage of the funeral in the mosque, Kanifing burial ground and the family compounds in the up-scale Fajara neighborhood and Churchill's Town, The Gambia...
Who said our Soninké/Sarahulleh ladies should not celebrate their heritages, beauty and femininity?
We are NOT in Afghanistan for them to be compelled into covering from head to toe in hot, monotonous and uncomfortable shroud!
Giving vulnerable natives space in innovative media simply promotes diversity and the "UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities."
At NTIXANNEN.COM we will continue to grant space and airtime to the Soninkara ladies who are proud of their God-given beauty in a modern and modest sense..VIVE LA BEAUTÉ et FEMININE SONINKÉ.
Taken at the Festival International Soninkés (FISO), 2014, Nouakchott. Mauritania.
MEMORIES OF THE BLADE
By Oumie Sissokho
It is indeed with utmost displeasure for almost every victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to remember the feelings of pain, anxiety, sadness, anger and distrust associated with a brutal act perpetrated against one in the name of a custom. Also, the non-existent promises the practice usually comes with or justified with could be heartbreaking. One thing I am certain and do not compromise with is the fact that the blade has lifelong consequences on its victims. Despite this, some of our grandmothers, mothers, aunties, guardians and custodians of culture want us to remain silent.
We are taught that silence about a pain endured reflects the chastity and cultured-ness of a woman. I disagree.
Yes I do; and with all my strength. The silence only keeps this degrading and abusive practice ongoing, victimizing and undermining the bodily integrity of millions of girls and women.
FGM is said to be increasingly becoming a global phenomenon although it is more widespread in Africa. It is also prevalent in South Asia and parts of the Arab world. According to some historians and increasingly feminist theologians and organizations, FGM has spanned centuries prior to the coming of Islam (and perhaps has predated Christianity too) yet, the practice is widely associated to the religion. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 125 million women and girls are living with the consequences of FGM today. Three million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM annually (8000 daily) and majority of the practice happens in the 29 countries of Africa where it is most widespread. MAAFANTA.COM More... o
Or our YAXARUN TI WOMEN SAY COLUMN
News Flash: Mass Arrest of Gambians in Angola
The unending crisis facing the Gambian migrant community continues to take its toll on the welfare and livelihood of the compatriots in Angola.
On Friday December 19, 2014, there was a massive crackdown on migrants across the Angolan capital, Luanda. A combined team of the security forces from the police, immigration, customs and criminal investigation services arrested over 300 Gambians and packed them in various detention facilities. Nationals of other African countries are also arrested. Reasons for the crackdown are not clear at the time of going to press. NTI XANNEN is closely monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, see our past editorial and background reports.
Dictators are like natural disasters to world citizens: Fatou Jaw Manneh
Fatou Jaw Manneh is a refugee, currently living in Arizona, USA. She has lived in America for more than 10 years. During her early years, she worked as a journalist in her home Country Gambia. Gambia which was once called the, ‘Smiling coast of Africa,’ today is going through an unspeakably dark phase at the hands of its brutal dictator Yahya Jammeh who seized power through a military coup in 1994.
While speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum she informed the world about the brutalities that the Gambian people are made to go through every day. “Dictators are like natural disasters to world citizens. Gambia and its citizens suffer more from our President Yahya Jammeh than we ever will suffer from fire, flood, famine, drought, or disease. So how do we defeat tyranny?,” she queried in her effort to call global citizens to join hands against such tyrannical governments.
In her exclusive interview, with the Oslo Times International News network, she spoke about her time in a Gambian correctional facility, the brutalities and torture Gambians go through everyday, Human Rights issues plaguing the country and a whole lot more.
The excerpts below give us an insight into the frightful occurrences Gambian nationals face at the hands of a brutal dictator:
The Gambian government arrested you in 2007 and detained for your statement made in an interview with the Gambian newspaper, ‘The Independent’, in 2004. During your detention what were the things that you hated the most and that you felt were against your rights? More...
A PEEP INTO GAMBIA’S MEDIA BUILDING
BY HAKIM JALLOW
We have seen the birth, rebirth of various online media outlets pioneered by foreign-based Gambians in the name of transparency, justice, freedom, change, with the ultimate purpose of serving the interests of the Gambian populace from around the world.
This admittedly is a great achievement and tremendously needed considering the challenges in operating an independent media outlet within The Gambia without irrelevant censorship, hostility and probable persecution by decision makers in the government. As a huge fan of investigative journalism I keenly measure materials of professional journalists against ethics, credibility, tolerance, independence, transparency, accountability and accuracy, as underscored within professional journalistic standards. The media is a powerful tool – with the anchor of the right people it can bring about overwhelming development and change, but in the hands of the wrong people it can cause unimaginable damage. More...
TWO UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS TO VISIT THE GAMBIA
Confirmed information’s reaching us, have it, that the Government of the Republic of the Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh, has recently in March 2014, extended a formal invitation to two UN Special Rapporteurs on the question of torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to visit the country for a fact- finding mission. This eight day country visit to the Gambia has been proposed to take place from the 11-18 of August 2014 this year. More...
African Liberation Day 2014
ALD was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared "African Freedom Day," to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Between 1958 and 1963 the nation/class struggle intensified in Africa and the world. Seventeen countries in Africa won their independence and 1960 was proclaimed the Year of Africa. Further advances were made with the defeat of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Caribbean. Imperialism responded to this tide of victories by assassinating revolutionary leaders and sending U.S. troops to Viet Nam. On the 25th of May 1963, thirty-one African Heads of state convened a summit meeting to found the Organization of African Unity (OAU). They renamed African Freedom Day "African Liberation Day" and changed its date to May 25th.
Since then, the world has witnessed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, the US invasion of Cuba, the US move to crush liberation movements in Asia, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan; the overthrow of the Democratic Party of Guinea, the US invasion of Grenada, the US bombing of Libya, and the overthrow of Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso. This period had marked a temporary setback for the Pan-African movement and since 1966, was characterized by a lull in ALD activities. Neo-colonialism was imposed upon the people as the new stage of the capitalist, imperialist strategy in Africa.
Out of the intensification of the nation/class struggle, a new generation of African youth emerged and reaffirmed their African personality, history and their Pan-African objectives. This youth was the product of Malcolm X, Sister M'balia Camara, Patrice Lumumba, Frantz Fanon and the countless generations before them. Links were made and maintained with Kwame Nkrumah. Understanding the need for clear and precise ideological and organizational direction for the Pan-African movement, Nkrumah published Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonization (1963), Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare (1968), and Class Struggle in Africa (1970). The ideas of Nkrumah infused the Black Power Movement (1960-1972).
Nkrumah taught us, "The total liberation and unification of Africa under an All-African Socialist Government must be the primary objective of all Black revolutionaries throughout the world. It is an objective which, when achieved, will bring about the fulfillment of the aspirations of Africans and people of African descent everywhere. It will at the same time advance the triumph of the international socialist revolution."
In 1970 the Pan-African Secretariat of Guyana made the call for the celebration of ALD in the western hemisphere. In response, a large demonstration was held in Georgetown, Guyana and smaller celebrations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The Pan-African movement was once again on the verge of taking a mass revolutionary character and educating and organizing the people. By 1971 Pan-Africanism had become the dominant discussion in every factory, home, school and church in the African world. In the 1990s, as a result of the people's struggle, we have witnessed the defeat of apartheid, the heroic decision of the OAU to break UN sanctions against Libya, and the Congo victory by pro-African forces over imperialist proxy forces, making an advance toward Nkrumah's call for an African High Command and representing a healthy day in line with the African Union. The African Union, and Africa's first continental holiday, "Africa Day," are clear signs that the struggle for African Unity will not stop until victory is achieved.
Today African Liberation Day is a permanent mass institution in the world-wide Pan-African movement. As an institution, it is stronger today because the masses of African people are stronger and ALD is their day. As a day of work in the area of political education and organization, it reflects the fact that we have not obtained our freedom, and thus it is a day to reaffirm our commitment to Pan-Africanism, the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism. At ALD we also deepen our understanding of other just struggles and affirm our role in the world socialist revolution. ALD has but one direction, forward to a unified socialist Africa. It is growing as the level of awareness about Pan-Africanism and the primacy of Africa grows. It is growing as progressive and revolutionary organizations grow. And lastly, it is growing as the masses make increasing victories against capitalism, neo-colonialism, racism, and zionism.
Wishing you all blessed Africa Liberation Day 2014
Muhammed Lamin Juwara
EARLY MARIAGE AND CHILD PROSTITUTION
By Muhammed Lamin Juawara
Child prostitution has been characterized by some human right activists as one of the consequences of early marriage. Prostitution is a way of life where a woman practices sexual activities in exchange for money at the end of the show. In the Gambia, particularly many young children are engage in the practice, in the Greater Banjul Area especially in the Tourism Development Area.
They often time do not have a choice for men, they go after anything that comes their way to get money and satisfy their financial needs and urge. Most times, they deal with all sorts of men whether black or white, young or old. They do not bother to consider the side effects of their wayward life and forget that it could lead them to acquiring such as disease as HID/AIDS STDs and others. Children, according to the convention on the rights of the child are human beings under the age of 18 and most of the people who engage in prostitution these days are mostly children under the age of 18 and still unable to determine what future has in store for them. More...
GAMBIA JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA PRACTITIONERS COMMEMORATES WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2014
By Abdoulie Jammeh in Banjul, May 12, 2014
Gambian Journalists and Media Practitioners under the aegis of The Gambia Press Union (GPU), in partnership with the The Association of Non Governmental Organisations (TANGO) and UNESCO NATCOM over the weekend joined the global media fraternity to commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2014 held at the TANGO conference hall, along Berthl Harding Highway in the Kanifing Municipality. World Press Freedom Day ( WPFD) is commemorated annually to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind Governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression as enshrined under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and marking the Declaration of Windhoek in 1991. WPFD is also celebrated to appreciate and recognise those fallen and great media practitioners who used the media as an instrument to contribute to the socio-economic advancement and the development of mankind and their respect countries as well as those to remember those who lost their lives in the course of their duty as messengers of truth. More...
DAY ONE OF THE EU-AFRICA SUMMIT 2014
At NTI XANNEN we have no time for idle talk. We just do our job. Follow NTI XANNEN for serious information on decisions that will affect millions of African and European lives
TO HELL WITH THE FEMINIST PROPAGANDA. Real Women Empowerment starts with the recognition, promotion and defence of authentic femininity. Dear Women of African Descent, be proud of your God-given beauty, natural hair, skin colour and personalities before you can claim your rights to be equally corrupt, lazy, dictatorial, nepotic and useless like some of the chauvinists you are fighting. KEEP WEARING THE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN "TIKKA" HEADGEAR. That is if you cannot at least celebrate your natural hair. I wish you a Very Angry Women's Day... PRINCE BUBACARR AMINATA SANKANU, Bad Boy and Casanova. Click on: www.ntixannen.com
Gamcotrap concerned about anti-FGM rhetoric
By Kebba Jeffang, 31 March 2014
The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices, known by its acronym Gamcotrap has raised concern about the recent anti-FGM rhetoric saying, “For those of you in The Gambia who have been following the recent radio developments, an anti-government policy rhetoric regarding FGM was being propagated against anti-FGM advocates using Islam to justify the practice.” More...
2014 Inter-School’s championship wraps up in Farafenni as “GAA President tasks stakeholders on sports infrastructure”
By SISE SAWANEH, 20 March 2014
For the first time in history the inter school athletic competition is decentralized to NBR Farafenni due to the refurbishment of the independence stadium
The inter school athletics competition, a three days event from the 14th to the 16th march 2014 held at the Farafenni mini park. More...
NUSRAT PRESS CLUB HOLDS 2ND EDTION OF PRESS TRAINING
By Abdoulie Jammeh, Student Reporter
NUSRAT HIGH SCHOOL, 07 March 2014
Nusrat Press Club, in its quest to promoting student journalism and ethical media practice among the student folk in the Gambia, on Friday 07th March 2014 held a day-long press training for its newly recruited members on basic ethics of media practice, news writing, reporting, interview tips amongst others.
The training which was intended to capacitise and meant to equip and upgrade new members of the club with the requisite skill and knowledge on student journalism, brought together the club’s executives, general membership and few selected qualified journalists from both the print and electronic medias within the country. More...
THE HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRE LOVE STORY NOW IN GERMAN CINEMAS
The Hollywood vampire love story "Only Lovers Left Alive" by legendary Director Jim Jarmush is now screening in cinemas across Germany and Central Europe.
I got my first Hollywood experience by playing a MEDICAL DOCTOR in the Detroit hospital scene..The official letter from the German agent confirming my role is available for the records.
PRINCE BUBACARR AMINATA SANKANU
Gambia's Sankanu Makes Hollywood Debut
Dear Managing Editor,
I wish to take this opportunity to commend you on a fantastic job you are doing in enlightening and educating Soninkara populace. Your radio has established itself as one of the most widely listens to and trusted news out let for Gambians and non Gambians alike.
Your level of professionalism, ethics, maturity and pursuit of truth and accuracy in your broadcasting has no doubt proven the justification of your noble course and your standing as journalist with true difference. In this day and age in which we have witnessed all kinds of radios, which have have in the worse ways stained our profession and ethical stand as journalist, it is gratifying to know that some of us still carry respect, value, love and professionalism for this profession.
I thank you, your columnists and contributors for a job very well done. The advent of The Ntixannen Rajo on the air waves is no doubt a big plus for The Gambia Soninkra.
While there has been proliferation of Gambian radios, both home and abroad, certainly The Nti xannen Rajo can be counted among the best of the lot, mainly because of your high level of maturity in the way you handle issues.
While I may not agree with everything aired on The Ntixannen Rajo, I am impressed in the way you handle your programmes.
I wish the editorial team and all those involved in the radio’s production, as well as your esteemed listeners, Allah’s abundant grace and blessing to us all.
Muhammed Lamin Juwara
«Nous voulons créer une coordination internationale Soninké », Cheikh Sidya Tandian Cheikh Sidya Tandian
ALAKHBAR (Nouakchott)- «Nous voulons, au sortir du festival, mettre en place une coordination internationale Soninké», a déclaré le président de l’association mauritanienne pour la promotion de la langue et de la culture soninké. Cheikh Sidya Tandian répond aux questions de Alakhbar à 72 heures de l’ouverture de la 3ème édition du Festival international soninké à Nouakchott.
Alakhbar : Quels sont les pays qui participent au festival?
Cheikh Sidya Tandian: Nous avons le Sénégal, le Mali, le Niger, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Gambie et les diasporas de France, d’Amérique, d’Espagne et d’Egypte.
Alakhbar : Un festival suffirait-il pour faire la jonction entre les Soninké de l’extérieur et ceux de la diaspora ?
GAMBIA HOLDS 6TH LITERATURE DAY
-A Symposium Honoring Prolific writer Baaba Sillah
By Abdoulie Jammeh & Saikou Suwareh JABAI
The University Of The Gambia (UTG) and the Gambia College, on Wednesday, 12th February, jointly organized the 6th edition of the annual Gambian Literature Day at the Gambia College Hall in Brikama and honors prolific Gambian writer, Mr. Babaa Sillah. The occasion, with a view to making Gambians become aware of their works and avail the public the opportunity to be familiar with key issues they raise in their writings, brought together government officials, teachers, students and other stakeholders in the domain of education in the Gambia. More...
_WAYS TO RICHES
By Alfusainey Touray
In economics, rational man is described as maximizing individual who makes choices among an array of alternatives in a view to satisfy his needs and wants. Some of these needs or wants are quantified in terms of money; hence riches are needed to satisfy them. A man pursues of satisfying his unlimited needs and wants leads him to have a strong desire to get riches or accumulate wealth. Even though he is aware of the fact that some wants or needs can’t be measured in monetary terms, he ranks money as the most essential thing in the pyramid of self-actualization. He believes to sense sense of belonging to any group in the society; you need riches to pave the way. We have seen how politician received kickbacks from greedy industrialists in order to make policies that will make their commercials flourish. If you check the nature of this exchange between the greedy capitalists and the politicians, all of them are working towards one thing; maximizing their satisfaction. More...
TELL THE TRUTH: PROBLEMS OF GAMBIANS IN ANGOLA ARE MORE THAN JUST ILLEGAL MIGRATION...See EDITORIAL
__ “THE BATTLE OF THE 21st CENTURY IS THE EVOLUTION OF IDEAS AND INVENTIONS NOT FIRE ARMS” HON. HALIFA SALLAH
By Abdoulie Jammeh, Student Reporter, Nusrat High School, The Gambia, 10 February 2014
The Secretary General of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Hon. Halifa Sallah has said that the battle of the 21st century is the battle of new ideas, inventions and technologies for the benefit of man and to his environment, and not the use of heavy arms and ammunitions to cause havoc and devastating destructions. Hon. Sallah made these remarks while speaking as the guest speaker of the Nusrat High school Career Day held on Thursday 05 February, 2014 at the school’s Signateh Hall. More....
_ALL PRAISES AND THANKS TO GOD, GREAT NEWS FOR THE CHARITY
THE CHARITY GROUP CAMPAIGN “SUPPORT A CHILD WITH DISABILITY” The Gambia campaigning for INCLUSIVE and EQUITABLE SOCIETIES for people with disabilities.The Charity Would like to share another MARVELLOUS NEWS to our members and non-members about the recent post about Kebba Conteh who suffered multiple disabilities and lost both parents at the age of ten (10) currently been looked after by the grandmother SEEKING FOR DONATION for SHELTER, BEDDING, CLOTHES AND FEEDING. More...
The last statement to our nation by the Archbishop Solomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willy Johnson PhD
The Gambia Echo, 22 January 2014
By Tijan M. Ceesay, Fairfax, Virginia
On January 2nd. 2014, His Lordship of blessed memory, The Rt. Reverend Arch Bishop Solomon Tilewa Johnson addressed the people of The Gambia. In this statement below, the very loved man of God spoke of reconciliation and Peace. Reading through this made me want to believe His Lordship knew He was on his way to his Master and wanted to leave us with this crucial message that can change The Gambia for the better. Courtesy of The Point Newspaper in The Gambia, I share his powerful message:
Obama Invites Jammeh
The President of The Republic of The Gambia, Yahya AJJ Jammeh is among 47 African leaders invited by US President Barack Obama to the US-African Summit in Washington, DC from August 5 to 6, 2014.
According to the White House Press Secretary "The Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people."
President Obama's list of invitees includes heads of state from Angola, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.
Binta Jammeh Sidibeh is the new Executive Director of The Gambia's Statutory Women's Bureau
21 January 2014
The founder of the Association for the Promotion of Women and Girls (APWGA)/Sobeya Skills Center is the new boss of the Gambia's Women's Bureau. More...
THE VOICE Editor Musa S. Sheriff, freelancer Siney MK Marenah arrested, detained in Sanyang and charged with giving false information
Tues., January 14, 2014
The Editor-In-Chief of The Voice newspaper, Musa S. Sheriff, and freelance journalist Sainey M.K. Marenah have been arrested by the police and detained at the Sanyang Police Station, Kombo South District of the West Coast Region.
Both have been charged with “giving false information to a public officer” over a story titled “19 Green Youths Defect to UDP” published by the paper on its edition of December 9, 2013. More...
FODAY BARRY REHABILITATED
(JollofNews) – A magistrate’s court in the Gambia yesterday cleared a former director of Intelligence and Investigation of the Gambia National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA) of stealing. More...
AT SOTUMA SERE: 38 Communities in URR, The Gambia, abandon Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Wed., January 08, 2014
At least 38 communities in the seven districts of Upper River Region (URR) have publicly declared their abandonment of FGM, early marriage and other harmful traditional practices affecting the women of the region.
The declaration ceremony, which was organised by the community and sponsored by Tostan, was held in Sotuma Sere in the Jimara District in URR. The governor of the Region, the national coordinator of Tostan International The Gambia, Tostan officials, URR TAC members, chief, security officers, circumcisers in the region and cross section of the community attended the event. More....
NIA OFFICERS SENT TO ANGOLA FOR INVESTIGATIONS AS NEGLECTED GAMBIAN COMMUNITY RAISES CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE BIAS NIA REPORT IN FAVOUR OF THE STATUS QUO
The problem facing the Gambian Communities is very complicated and requires honest and neutral nationalistic approach. The recent arrest of tycoon Mahmood Conteh in The Gambia for speaking out on the plights of Gambians in Angola is just a symptom of the problem. His arrest was masterminded by people who have not been telling the leadership at State House in Banjul the truth. They are reportedly interested in keeping the privileges for themselves and their families or friends than serving the interests of the communities at large.
There is power struggle, money, religion, class and many more to it than just the illegal migration thing some people have been trying to sell in The Gambian pro government media.
The report about NIA (National Intelligence Angency) officers in Angola is worrying the marginalized Gambian community members who feel the powerful folks could bribe the unsuspecting NIA agents to doctor the investigative repots in their favours so as to continue misleading President Jammeh and his advisers.
NTI XANNEN Rajon Do Televisonka (NXR.tv) is preparing to go to Angola to dig deeper...In the meantime, more programmes on it will be aired on the radio and TV here live and on demand.
OMAR SOMPO CEESAY IS NEW GOVERNOR OF URR
By Nfamara Jawneh
Reports reaching The Point have confirmed that Omar Sompo Ceesay has been appointed Governor of the Upper River Region, URR, effective Thursday 28th November 2013.
Mr Ceesay, a native of Basse Mansajang Kunda, was until his recent appointment, the chairman of Basse Area Council.
He replaced Kanimang Sanneh, who was appointed on September 3rd this year as acting governor, and removed this week.
Governor Ceesay confirmed his appointment to this reporter, and thanked President Yahya Jammeh for the trust and confidence he has in him. He reaffirmed his commitment to fostering unity and development in the URR.
Source: The Point Newspaper, The Gambia
Legitimate Concerns Should Not Hijack What’s Morally Right
“We are fine,” says the words of the concern, but what about other families that may not be! Should one have a blind eye approach towards other families that are subjected to arrests, torture, or killings because one is not affected by it financially or family related! Whether one calls these legitimate concerns of family members that fear harm being done to their son, or daughter for standing up against injustice, would be left to you to decide, but would it be morally right? More....
EBOU WAGGEH SITS IN AFRICA MAGIC FILM JURY
A Gambian journalist and video documentary specialist Ebou Waggeh is among 12 African filmmakers handpicked by MNet South Africa to review film entries for the second edition of AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARDS or AMVCA.
The event which is in its second year is modelled around the annual American Oscar awards and brings together Africa's finest creative talents in filmmaking. All films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry.
Ebou Waggeh and other African jury members are presently gathering in Johannesburg, South Africa to watch and score more than 1,000 film entries vying for 28 awards in 26 categories. The entire process is organized by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice, South Africa's biggest satellite TV distribution network and audited by a reputable South African audit firm. Amstel Malta, Nigeria's number one premium low sugar drink is the main sponsor of the event.
Ebou Waggeh is one of those behind the implementation of the judging process which is in two stages: Joburg and Lagos. He says the objective of the initiative is to seek and recognize film talent in Africa and celebrate and reward African creators active in the art of filmmaking. Th actual award ceremony takes place in March in Lagos, Nigeria and that will be the time when winners are announced at a grand ceremony held at the Eko hotel.
Last year Mirror Boy, a film starring Gambian actress Fatima Jabbie and partly shot in The Gambia won 5 of the 28 awards. More...
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From The Founder and Publisher
RESPONDING TO PUBLIC DEMAND FOR AN INDEPENDENLTY SMART GLOBAL VOICE OF REASON, MODERATION, COMPASSION AND CONSCIENCE
When I discussed my plans to start a full cross-media outlet that should grow to become The Gambia's answer to CNN, BBC or Aljazeera, I was told by some people that I am "definitely crazy!"
Any normal person who looks at the hostile Gambian environment for the independent and innovative media will conclude that only a crazy person will risk creating a media house now. Do I, a genuine Prince from the Noble of House of Sankanura-Kagorta of Sotuma Sere, look and behave like a normal person?
The tough Information Laws in The Gambia are not for seasoned connoisseurs like me as I will always find loopholes to manoeuvre my way through. I will provocatively apply the cat-and-dog strategy to beat the confused bureaucrats in their futile games of trying to control innovation and intellectual freedom. Great fun, isn’t it? No risk, no fun.
If some hawks in the Jammeh System feel too big to engage/respect some of us, the war horses, in working towards a healthy national media and creative industry, let the salary collectors and mercenary experts enjoy their money with counterproductive laws, lies against genuine compatriots and, out-of-fashion technological tools. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are moving at such a fluid speed that by the time a chosen government comes up with a new law or regulation, it is already obsolete!
What is the use of my craziness, intellect and resilience if I should shake every time some Stone Age policymakers make noise? If the authorities concerned want to live in denial and sleep through the realities of the Information Era in the manner of Rip Van Winkle or bury their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostriches, that is not my "fonde" porridge. The last Russian Tsar Nikolai II and his inner circles ignored the admonitions of public intellectuals like Leo Tolstoy till the Communist revolution washed them away. The history is repeating itself today from North Africa, Middle East and beyond.
Ted Turner did not wait for permission or assistance from the USA Government of his time to start CNN. He risked it with his own name, resources and talent to become one of the most influential and inspiration icons of our era. I am following his precedence by NOT waiting for anyone in and out of The Gambia.
"NTI XANNEN Rajon do Televisonka (NXRtv)" is born on Tuesday 1st October 2013 to respond to the increasing information hunger of Gambians/Africans and the need for an independent media platform for innovative and liberal thinking.
The Gambian national discourse is hijacked by extremists, false prophets and hustlers across the political divide. The middle ground is marginalized. Anyone who starts making noise against current President Yahya Jammeh gets a wholesale celebration as a „liberation hero“ without proper scrutiny of his/her true motives. In the same vein, any sycophant who lies to President Yayha Jammeh or starts attacking government critics at home and abroad is decorated as a „true patriot.“ The moderate and reasonable thinkers are squeezed out if not branded as collaborators and opportunists.
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Regime change in The Gambia or any other jurisdiction under the sun is NOT part of the editorial policy of NTIXANNEN.COM. The core mission of NTIXANNEN.COM magazine, radio and TV is to lay the liberal and solid intellectual groundwork for the people to command their respective destinies using the simple language and technology the can understand.
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EX-JIMARA CHIEF HAGIE KULE CAMARA ARRESTED
Reports reaching NTI XANNEN have it that Hagie Kule Camara, the former Chief of Jimara District in the Upper River Region (URR) of The Gambia is arrested. Some said he is released, others said he is still in detention while his associates denied his arrest. NTI XANNEN is investigating.
Hagie Kule Camara of Numuyel village was removed from office on June 13, 2013 during the last Presidential Dislogue With The People's Tour and replaced by Kawu Banta Tunkara of Gambissara.
Though no official reason was given for his removal, the Jimara District was overflowing with reports of abuse of office, corruption, unsettled land disputes, lack of accountability and so on.
A day before his removal, Hagie Kule Camara showed open neglience that lead to the arrest and detention of NTI XANNEN Founder Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu who was to speak on behalf of his Sotuma Sere Community at the Gambissara leg of the Presidential meeting on June 12. Prince Sankanu was prevented from speaking and getting a place to seat. He was arrested and detained overnight at the Bakadaji Police Station for supposed craziness. Stay tuned...
The Gambia Slides Into ISOLATION
By "Jabiyong" Ndey Tapha Sosseh, Former President of The Gambia Press Union
The President of The Gambia has done it again. Less than one week after the ‘unstatesmanlike’ statement made at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Gambia Government announced its decision yesterday to “withdraw” its membership of the Commonwealth, stating that “The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism. More...
IN SOLIDARITY WITH FATOU CAMARA
By Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, Cologne, Germany
I don’t care what others would say against this, I am hereby extending my SOLIDARITY with Madame Fatou CAMARA, initiator and host of the FATU SHOW on GRTS (Gambia Radio and Television Services), just as I did with Tabara Samba, Ndey Tapha Sosseh and host of others who were once in distress.
LET THOSE WITHOUT SINS CAST THE FIRST STONES!!! I don’t know the genesis of Fatou’s tribulations. She is part of the domestic rot and knows the dog-eats-dog or shark-eats-shark modus operandi of the system there. So she knows who are taking the knives out for her. More...
FULL TEXT. The Gambia Government’s Position on the Relentless Smear Campaign against The Gambia
The Government of the Gambia has been following events with utter dismay since 1994: the smear campaign orchestrated by some western powers using selfish and unpatriotic individuals (Gambians and non-Gambians). The enemies of The Gambia have been sponsoring Gambians and non-Gambians to set up organizations with media facilities outside of The Gambia to mount a shameless campaign of lying against the Government and people of The Gambia. These people and institutions specialize in lying and providing false attestations for would-be asylum seekers using the main opposition party (UDP) as a platform for such nefarious activities thereby casting a very bad and negative image of both the Government and noble people of The Gambia. More...
THE UNIVERSAL ISLAMIC DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMPARED
Since Human Rights in The Gambia are often interpreted as Western and "un-Islamic" neo-colonialist tools, NTI XANNE is refocusing the debate on the African or Islamic perspectives. It is publishing both the Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights of 19 September 1981 and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December 1948 for readers to compare and make their own conclusions. More...
WHO IS THE SEXIEST FEMALE MINISTER IN JAMMEH'S CABINET?
NTI XANNEN is looking for the sexiest female member of President Jammeh's current Cabinet. The winner will get a certificate and a romantic dinner date with Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu. Cast your vote here
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