GAM-MN hosted a Virtual Dinner in observance of The Gambia’s 57th Independence Anniversary. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Association could not organize an in-person gathering however efforts were made to bring the community together in some way. Participants of the virtual dinner were encouraged to prepare delicious food for their families especially Gambian dishes, to dress in traditional wears if possible and get ready to turn on their videos for virtual interactions. The event was held on Friday February 18th, 2022, and was attended by participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada, Washington DC, New York, and other locations.
A lot of visibility was given to the kids at the event as they were encouraged to carry the touch of Gambian culture wherever they are. To keep the kids engaged and at the same time raise their knowledge about the dear motherland, a kahoot quiz was organized for them around the subject of Gambian history. The kids also had the chance to take the lead in singing the National anthem to officially open the event. The Association’s President, Dr Nfamara Dampha opened the event with warm welcoming remarks.
The Ambassador of The Gambia in US, Hon. Dawda Fadera was invited as guest of honor but was deputized by Mr Mustapha Sosseh, Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of The Gambia who delivered a statement on behalf of the Ambassador. He applauded efforts of all Gambians in the diaspora to make the community stronger as we work together. He encouraged diasporans to promote our languages and practice our cultures. Fofana Jobarteh deputized for the president of the Gambian Association in Wisconsin and delivered a solidarity statement, applauding the Association for this initiative. He thanked the paticipants and stated that he looks forward to working with the Association in the future. Kitabu …, the famous Gambian comedian entertained participants with some hilarious performances at the latter part of the night.
The event was moderated by Tuta Jome and Fatoumata Jaiteh, two outstanding young ladies in the community. Yankuba Bojang, Assistant Social Secretary of the Association, ensured that guest were entertained throughout the night by filling in with some comic stories before Kitabu joined the event. At the end of the night certificates were awarded to the predecessors of the current Executive Board members whose term ended in December 2021.