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The University of The Gambia and Gambia College graduation


Convocation ceremonies for the University of The Gambia and Gambia College (The Gambia, West Africa)

For this interview from The Gambia, Mr. Ebrahima Mbowe, with whom I have long worked, is present via Google Hangout. Mr. Mbowe is National Volunteer Coordinator and Head of VolNet Secretariat, in The Gambia. He is on the right in the photograph. On the left is a National Coordinator and a colleague from the same mosque, Ustas Abdoulie Njie.

Ebrahima Mbowe image

Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan

Lawrence Morgan: Ebrahima, give us information on what is in the picture below.

Ebrahima Mbowe: This is one of the photos of the convocation ceremony of the combined University of The Gambia (UTG) and Gambia College, for the classes of 2012-2013. The UTG graduated over 170 Bachelors and Masters Degree students, and Gambia College graduated over 3,500 Primary Teacher's Certificate (PTC) and Higher Teacher's Certificate (HTC) holders.

Ebrahima Mbowe image

Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan

Lawrence Morgan: When was the ceremony held? In the capital city, Banjul?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The ceremony was held at the July 22nd Square in Banjul, the Capital City of The Gambia, on Friday 13th March, commencing at 15:30 when people started coming. The proceedings proper started at 19:00 hours. The Camera was located at the VIP Enclosed pavillion directly facing the diaz of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Members of the University Senate and invited professors from abroad.

Lawrence Morgan: Where is the diaz?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The diaz is the one with the white canopy detached from the others. The double-diaz on the right is that of the combined faculty of UTG and Gambia College, and the double one on the left from Ministers, National Assembly members, and the Diplomatic Corp.

Lawrence Morgan: What are the various groups represented?

Ebrahima Mbowe: The group sitting with black gowns and white chache opposite the Chancellor's diaz are the graduates from Gambia College. Opposite the Faculty diaz are seated the Bachelor's degree and Master's Degree holders. Behind these are parents and other invited guests by the graduates. Between the Faculty diaz and the invited guests is seated the Gambia Police Band, which supplied the music for the event. Their view is blocked by the arch of the Gambian Flag colors.

Lawrence Morgan: What are some of the buildings in the distance?

Ebrahima Mbowe: In the background of the photo, there are some buildings. The building right behind the Chancellor's diaz is the Headquarters of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) in Banjul, and there are some commercial shops in the building, as well. Behind the Minister's diaz is the Ministry of Education building in Banjul. I had the pleasure of attending this school as a child and the first window at the bottom was a classroom. I used to sit by it overlooking outside.

Ebrahima Mbowe image

Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan

Lawrence Morgan: What are some of the other buildings in this picture?

Ebrahima Mbowe: Here there are additional buildings in the background. From St. Mary's School going to the right, there is a private yellow building. This is a small supermarket and near to it there is a shoe retailing shop. The next white five story building is owned by the late Dr. Lenrie Peters, a medical doctor and writer. He named the building "Lenrie House."

Next, after Lenrie House in the fading white background is the GAMTEL National Headquarters in Banjul. Inside the Square is a metalic cone-like structure. This is normally lit from bottom to top with beautiful lights. This is lit on festive occasions.

The buildings that follow on the extreme right are privately owned and the bottom floors are used for commercial purposes.

Lawrence Morgan: Would you describe for our readers in America where The Gambia is in Africa. Some of our American readers may not know.

Gambia image

Gambia image by Lawrence Morgan

Ebrahima Mbowe: The Gambia is located in Western Africa, surrounded on three sides by Senegal and the fourth side by the ocean. The country goes alongside the river for about 180 miles inland, and it is composed of about 15 miles on each side of the Gambian river.

Lawrence Morgan: Should we finish with the views of The Gambia's president?

Ebrahima Mbowe: Yes, his words for this ceremony are shown above on the front page of The Observer in The Gambia. He vows to make UTG (University of The Gambia) the best!

Ebrahima Mbowe image

Ebrahima Mbowe image by Lawrence Morgan


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