Gambia:  Why the so-called media publishers and CEOs should up their game

The increase in media outlets in the Gambia is seen by many as positive development in the landscape given the fact that the more media houses, the better for our so-called democracy. I have been following with keen interest from a distance, breaking news events on social media and other platforms, I’m equally worried and even ashamed that our so-called publishers and popular anchors are NOT role models.

First of all, it is ABSOLUTELY WRONG to run a media house on a daily basis without having the requisite education; a recent case in point is of all people, Fatou Touray of Kerr Fatou. On her wall Monday 11th March, she wrote “Facebook Republic” and “am great full”.

It begs several questions how and why she ventured in media production when she’s empty as far as basic English grammar is concerned. Even in high school graduate knows that one should say without any iota of doubt, Republic of Facebook, not the other way.

Secondly, Fatou Touray want to tell us that she doesn’t know a shit about how to spell, “grateful. It is pathetic because a lot of young Gambians may be influenced by her status in society and imitate her.  Some people may be tempted to say, ah, don’t mind her, after all, we all make mistakes in oral and written English, but this is NOT the case.

A simple spelling error by a lady of Fatou’s pedigree can ruin taint her image because NO serious minded individual or organization will do business with a mediocre except when you are doing it for your OWN interest. The reason why I’m pointing out that this in the open gallery is because I have observed a trend in her bad writing style, from now onwards, Fatou Touray should up her game and get better education in oral and written English.

Few weeks ago, when President Barrow made a Jammeh-like appearance in the streets of Banjul, Fatou Touray wrote on her wall; “ President Barrow in street of Banjul”. How can the Gambian society be taken for a ride when we claim to be good at what we do, we should be effective and efficient- NOT the other way.  Again, will someone tell me, “ah, it’s a mistake” – The bottom line is instead of buying expensive clothes and designer perfumes to be attractive, if you are in this game and want to inform and educate us, you should MIND YOUR ENGLISH language. This applies to not only Fatou, but to all media publishers and those in the information society writing and spreading the word. The Gambia is lucky to have the likes of Fodeh Baldeh’s, the Musa Bah’s, tha Scribbler, the Njundu’s, the Sana Sarr’s, the Latirr Carr’s who can help a sister who has problems writing and speaking good English. It is absolutely a shame, if you are listening with intellectuals in the diaspora, the way our media outlets write stories and the conduct of our journalists on crucial issues. Another challenge for Fatou Touray is her inability to construct or complete a sentence in her line of questions- She will say: “Tell us about… you know, this or that..” Look, we, the audience are not fools- therefore if you want to be on the spotlight, you got to be sharp and smart.  It is NEVER TOO LATE to learn and improve yourself.

As of yesterday, there was an interesting intellectual discourse on Facebook regarding the former army general turned comedian, Ousman Bargie’s interview with Standard newspaper and Momodou Sabally et al. Sabally even questioned the editorial competence of the Standard newspaper, owing to the lack of vetting of the issues the General raised during the interview, because the article was just copied and pasted. So, you see, the essence of mastering the art of writing.

Pa, this one is for you, the other time, you also wrote “raidar” instead of radar. As media professionals, many people look up to you for guidance in oral and written English, we should strive hard and aim for perfection otherwise, you will let society down.

Mbaye Nyang- Stockholm ( Sweden)

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Editors note: Thanks Mr. Mbaye Nyang for the constructive critique. Well noted.

BELOW IS THE UNEDITED PIECE OF MR. NYANG

Gambia:  Why the so-called media publishers and CEOs should up their game

The increase in media outlets in the Gambia is seen by many as positive development in the landscape given the fact that the more media houses, the better for our so-called democracy. I have been following with keen interest from a distance, breaking news events on social media and other platforms, I’m equally worried and even ashamed that our so-called publishers and popular anchors are NOT role models.

First of all, it is ABSOLUTELY WRONG to run a media house on a daily basis without having the requisite education; a recent case in point is of all people, Fatou Touray of Kerr Fatou. On her wall Monday 11th March, she wrote “Facebook Republic” and “am great full”.

It begs several questions how and why she ventured in media production when she’s empty as far as basic English grammar is concerned. Even in high school graduate knows that one should say without any iota of doubt, Republic of Facebook, not the other way.

Secondly, Fatou Touray want to tell us that she doesn’t know a shit about how to spell, “grateful. It is pathetic because a lot of young Gambians may be influenced by her status in society and imitate her.  Some people may be tempted to say, ah, don’t mind her, after all, we all make mistakes in oral and written English, but this is NOT the case.

A simple spelling error by a lady of Fatou’s pedigree can ruin taint her image because NO serious minded individual or organization will do business with a mediocre except when you are doing it for your OWN interest. The reason why I’m pointing out that this in the open gallery is because I have observed a trend in her bad writing style, from now onwards, Fatou Touray should up her game and get better education in oral and written English.

Few weeks ago, when President Barrow made a Jammeh-like appearance in the streets of Banjul, Fatou Touray wrote on her wall; “ President Barrow in street of Banjul”. How can the Gambian society be taken for a ride when we claim to be good at what we do, we should be effective and efficient- NOT the other way.  Again, will someone tell me, “ah, it’s a mistake” – The bottom line is instead of buying expensive clothes and designer perfumes to be attractive, if you are in this game and want to inform and educate us, you should MIND YOUR ENGLISH language. This applies to not only Fatou, but to all media publishers and those in the information society writing and spreading the word. The Gambia is lucky to have the likes of Fodeh Baldeh’s, the Musa Bah’s, tha Scribbler, the Njundu’s, the Sana Sarr’s, the Latirr Carr’s who can help a sister who has problems writing and speaking good English. It is absolutely a shame, if you are listening with intellectuals in the diaspora, the way our media outlets write stories and the conduct of our journalists on crucial issues. Another challenge for Fatou Touray is her inability to construct or complete a sentence in her line of questions- She will say: “Tell us about… you know, this or that..” Look, we, the audience are not fools- therefore if you want to be on the spotlight, you got to be sharp and smart.  It is NEVER TOO LATE to learn and improve yourself.

As of yesterday, there was an interesting intellectual intercourse on Facebook regarding the former army general turned comedian, Ousman Bargie’s interview with Standard newspaper and Momodou Sabally et al. Sabally even questioned the editorial competence of the Standard newspaper, owing to the lack of vetting of the issues the General raised during the interview, because the article was just copied and pasted. So, you see, the essence of mastering the art of writing.

Pa, this one is for you, the other time, you also wrote “raidar” instead of radar. As media professionals, many people look up to you for guidance in oral and written English, we should strive hard and aim for perfection otherwise, you will let society down.

Mbaye Nyang- Stockholm ( Sweden)

 

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