Dr. Barry Urges Writers to Embrace WAG

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Dr. Barry, WAG President

By Foroyaa Staff

Dr. Cherno Omar Barry, the President of the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG), has called on writers in the country to embrace the literary association in a bid to ensure they accomplish their aims and objectives.

The main aim of the association is to promoting a literary culture in the country.

“This association is not mine. It is ours. Let us take ownership of it,” he said on Saturday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WAG held at Nusrat School, Bundung on 16th January, 2021. The AGM was the first since the election of the fourth executive council in September 2019.

Dr. Barry, who chaired the AGM, said among their activities in 2021 includes organizing capacity building programs. This includes training writers on poetry, prose among other art of writings.

He said they plan to decentralize the training programs based on their budget size, but indicated many of them would be in the Greater Banjul Area and not Province Gambia.

Several issues or concerns were raised and Dr. Barry took time to respond to them, which included the activities of the association, etc.

Musa Bah and Nana Grey Johnson are among the resource persons identified to conduct prose writing trainings.  

Meanwhile, four people were elected in the executive during congress, and they are as follows:

1. Kebba Mamburay- Secretary General

2. Kaddijatou Jallow- Assistant Secretary General

3. Ismaila SaidyBah- Book Publishing and Promotion Secretary.

4. Karamo B. Touray- Copyright Secretary