Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, a German of Gambian descent, will bid to win Cologne parliamentary seat in next year elections after being endorsed by the Pirates Party which continues to gain popularity.

“I am humbled,” said Sankanu, in a laconic statement posted Monday on his Facebook wall with a smiley picture destined to win the hearts and minds of the electorate.

Sankanu, a prolific intellectual who doesn’t hesitate to take controversial stance on critical issues, has been one of the rare voices in the Diaspora advocating for Marijuana legalization in the tiny West African country. Over these past years, he dedicated many resources trying to build a film industry despite repeated setbacks arising from Gambian authorities’ lack of support.

The Gambian born filmmaker seized the opportunity to thank his fellow party members for the “trust and confidence in democratically voting” him “as candidate for the NRW State parliamentary elections.”

Described as the  rising political force in Germany, the Pirates Party has recently made history in April this year after winning 8% of the vote in the regional elections.

While many Gambians are seeing Sankanu’s nomination as a source of proudness, some are wondering whether he has turned his back to Gambia’s political jungle where confusions seems to be  order of the day…

Written by Abdoulie JOHN

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