The Gambia’s First Audio book by West African writer and scholar, Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe
The Gambia has long been a vibrant literary hub, home to prominent and widely celebrated writers like the African writers Dr Lenrie Peters, Tijan Sallah, Ebou Dibba, Baba Sillah, Nana Grey-Johnson and, more recently, the novelists Momodou Sabally, Baba Galleh Jallow, Michael Hamadi Secka, Hassoum Ceesay and Ramatoulie Othman.
In the past, successful Gambian writers often first gained renown abroad, yet weren’t widely read in their homelands. But now, many of The Gambia’s promising young authors are increasingly building an audience at home, where there is a growing appetite for fiction that addresses contemporary issues.
In the changing times, people hardly read and find more comfort in listening to audiobooks in their cars or offices.
A new wave of thematically and stylistically diverse fiction is emerging from the Gambia, as writers there experiment with different genres and explore controversial subjects like violence against women, polygamy and the fall of dictatorship. The new wave of young Gambian writers is led by the emerging West African writer and scholar, Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, founder of the Young Writers Association of The Gambia (YWAG) and the current Secretary General of The Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) – who gave voice to many young writers in the country.
Mr Sowe is the first Gambian to produce an audiobook made by himself. The book entitled The Memories of Reflection was approved in 2014 by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education of The Gambia (MoBSE) to be used in junior schools as a supplementary reading material.
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