Students in the University of The Gambia have established the University’s first Pan African Movement two decades after the establishment of the State University. The University of The Gambia is where the popular young Pan Africanist Ousman Touray graduated from, last year.
The Movement which was officially launched on Tuesday, 25th May 2021, jointly in commemoration of African Liberation Day, aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and diaspora groups of African descents, and promote Black consciousness hopes to develop and promote clear and competent Pan-African Students’ leadership, with emphasis on principled characteristics that reflect the Pan African “Ideology” in The Gambia and beyond. A message from the newly established movement contained.
A note outlining the aims and objectives of this movement, seen by this medium indicates that the movement would, among other things, advocate against the system of colonial domination and or its reminiscence in the African society; inculcate the spirit of patriotism in the minds of the African Students particularly the Students of The Gambia, and promote African culture and heritage and engage in research and publication on African History.
Pan African Students’ movements were prominent in the latter days of the struggle for liberation and against colonialism. Several Pan African leaders, such as Marcus Garvey (1887-1940), W.E.B. du Bois (1868-1963), Kwame Nkrumah (1901-1972, were molded and prepared themselves for the struggle for independence through high educational institutions.
Speaking on the event, the President of the Movement, Ornorr Bantoye Kabaloum, alias Toney F Mendy, states, like-minded students of the University of The Gambia, guided by the same vision of a liberated and prosperous Africa and its People have decided to come together to establish the movement to propagate the Pan African agenda in The Gambia.
A score of African descendants who have repatriated to The Gambia, including Nyancho Kujabi alias Juliet Ryan, graced and spoke on the occasion. Nyancho Kujabi called on the government of the Gambia to recognize and grant citizenship to brothers and sisters returning home from the diaspora.