Gambia: Fulbe Africa celebrates 9th anniversary of international cultural festival
Fulbe Africa (FA), an international cultural organization based in The Gambia, organized an international cultural festival this weekend, which was held at the Farafenni Mini Stadium in the North Bank (NBR) region.
The cultural festival attracted different people to the sub-region, including Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. It was characterized by cultural performances and Fulani music on Friday evening followed by a conference on Saturday.
There was also a free admission Saturday night musical performance that drew Gambian and Senegalese artists as well as historians.
The annual event aimed to promote the rich and beautiful cultures and traditions of the Fulbe people with a view to uniting all Fulbe under one roof. It also aimed to revive the Fulani cultural heritage and traditional practices in The Gambia and in Africa as a whole.
Alieu Sowe, President of Fulbe Africa, expressed his joy for the successful implementation of the 9th anniversary, saying the event aimed to promote and revive Fulani cultural heritage in the sub-region.
âThis event is being organized here (City of Farafenni) to decentralize FA’s cultural activities to rural Gambia,â he said.
The head of the FA said there is a greater need to maintain peace and unity between the Fulani and other ethnic groups in The Gambia to ensure the sustainable development of the country and the sub-region in its area. together.
“Peace and unity is one of the key objectives of the organization,” he said.
However, he praised the folks at NBR for hosting FA and for their hard work in implementing the annual event. He thanked the founding members, executive, general members and partners of the FA for their support to the cultural organization in the successful implementation of the festival.
Sowe thanked their funders such as Q group, Sultan Traders and Real Estate, EMO Design and Construction, Jah group and President Barrow for what he called a generous gesture.
In his presentation on Fulani cultural heritage, Dano Sampate Jallow, guest speaker, urged young people to learn Fulani culture. This, he said, would help sustain the culture of the Fulani.
Jallow, who is of Senegalese nationality, said from a Fulani cultural perspective that wives are responsible for taking care of the daily activities of the house, while husbands are responsible for the daily activities of the whole family. He advised everyone to keep the peace at all times to ensure sustainable development in the sub-region.
Girls’ education resource person Salimatou Jallow said the importance of the festival and the conference cannot be overstated.
She expressed concern about the habitual early school leaving of girls. Ms Jallow said there is a greater need for parents to enroll more girls in school and continue their education. She further urged girls to show a great sense of commitment and dedication to their education in order to complete their careers.
âIf you are educated, it will be easy for you to have a job, earn money, and help your parents,â she told the young women.
Dr Abdou Ceesay, director of livestock services at the Ministry of Agriculture, who presented the fate of livestock farming and the future nomadism and pastoralism, advised livestock owners to practice modern livestock farming so that their livestock yields expected dividends.
The animal husbandry expert further said that in order for livestock owners to get the necessary benefit from pets, they should handle animals with the utmost care.
âIf that happens, the work of livestock owners would be productive,â he said.
He said livestock owners should have their rights which would ensure productive breeding of animals in the country, noting that they should have special grazing areas.
“There should be a better source of water for the cattle. It would help the careers of the cattle,” he said.
Alfusainey Dem, religious advisor to Pabital Pulaagu International, called the conference very important for all. He urged young people to be educated, saying that education would improve life.
The Islamic scholar advised young FA and everyone to respect and work for their parents in order to gain blessing.
âEducation without a blessing is like a tree without leaves,â he said.