Dear Editor,

I write to ask whether your management would consider launching a campaign to re-name Arch 22 in Banjul the Solo Sandeng Memorial – in honour of the man who gave his life 8 months ago to make Gambia’s freedom from dictatorship possible.

I am sure the incoming government of President-Elect Barrow would happily fund the re-naming of the Arch – and the reconstruction required to remove the soldiers statue and replace it with an image of Solo Sandeng. The story of Solo’s Uprising and the ensuing defeat of Yahya Jammeh can be written by the school children of The Gambia themselves – to display at the site for educational purposes.

Fund-raising for Solo’s Family

Included in this campaign should be a fund-raising effort for Solo Sandeng’s family. I am happy to contribute £100 and my friend Ebrima Chongan has just handed me £100. If just 200 more Gambians joined us in this effort,  your management would be able to hand a cool Dalasi 1,000,000 (one million) to Solo Sandeng’s Family.

If your management decide that the campaign is a good idea, please publish this piece for your readers – and I will be happy to forward £200 on behalf of Chongan and myself.

Dida Jallow-Halake,

Notting Hill,

London, UK

Editors note: Thanks Mr. Halake for the brilliant initiative. The late Solo Sandeng deserves to be named after the Arch 22nd Square. 

Regarding the proposed fundraising, the Freedom Newspaper and its management cannot spearhead such a drive due to professional and ethical reasons. It is also important to note that any fundraising coming from any quarter in the name of the late Solo Sandeng, should be approved by his family or at least to seek the family consent. Thanks for the initiative. 

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