Gambia : Gambia President to shift State language from English

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's president said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country's language from English to a local language.

"We no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language. We should speak our language," President Yahya Jammeh said during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia's new Chief Justice that aired on state-run Gambia Television Services on Friday.

The announcement comes months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, saying it would "never be a member of any neo-colonial institution."

Gambia is at loggerheads with the European Union as the bloc threatens to suspend its aid if the country's human rights situation is not improved.

"What brought the British to the Gambia in the first place_which was bigger than it is now —was trade in ivory because the Gambia had a lot of elephants," he said. "They wiped out all the elephants and ended up selling Africans."

Full Article: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/president-says-gambia-shift-english
 

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Good for Gambia. European languages are replete with psychological and spiritual traps that sustain our current arrested development. A matrix that must be de-mystified
 

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Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994, said the U.K. has no "moral platform" to talk about human rights.
"What brought the British to the Gambia in the first place_which was bigger than it is now —was trade in ivory because the Gambia had a lot of elephants," he said. "They wiped out all the elephants and ended up selling Africans."


:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

What is sad is that should Jammeh succeed in carrying forth his PRO-Gambia/Africa policy, the British will demonize him as a black "Hitler" and blacks in the diaspora will follow suit and label him one of the "whateva worst dictators in history."

But for now..... bless you, brutha Jemmeh!
 

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's president said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country's language from English to a local language.

"We no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language. We should speak our language," President Yahya Jammeh said during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia's new Chief Justice that aired on state-run Gambia Television Services on Friday.

The announcement comes months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, saying it would "never be a member of any neo-colonial institution."

Gambia is at loggerheads with the European Union as the bloc threatens to suspend its aid if the country's human rights situation is not improved.

"What brought the British to the Gambia in the first place_which was bigger than it is now —was trade in ivory because the Gambia had a lot of elephants," he said. "They wiped out all the elephants and ended up selling Africans."

Full Article: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/president-says-gambia-shift-english
Kudos to the president! Obviously he understands that "language is the transmitter and reflector of culture", Haki R. Madhubuti.
 

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Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994, said the U.K. has no "moral platform" to talk about human rights.
"What brought the British to the Gambia in the first place_which was bigger than it is now —was trade in ivory because the Gambia had a lot of elephants," he said. "They wiped out all the elephants and ended up selling Africans."


:bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

What is sad is that should Jammeh succeed in carrying forth his PRO-Gambia/Africa policy, the British will demonize him as a black "Hitler" and blacks in the diaspora will follow suit and label him one of the "whateva worst dictators in history."

But for now..... bless you, brutha Jemmeh!
Blacks like you "will follow suit and label him one of the "whateva worst dictators in history"! :( Just like they manipulated you into focusing on Winnie and Nelson Mandela's personal lives, instead of on the political lessons we should learn from their experience!!! :) YOU SHOULD TRY HAVING A LITTLE FAITH IN OUR PEOPLE!!! ;) Stop projecting onto them what you yourself would do!!! :mad:
 
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