Congrats to Gunjur’s own Alhassan Darboe!

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Congrats to Gunjur’s own Alhassan Darboe! 

Proud of you Alhassan.

Now you are a Master’s graduate and your “parents never sat in a classroom” (I am sure you mean a Western classroom because your blessed dad must have sat in a Madrassa). Ditto my parents, though they were fluent in the old African language of Amharinya – which I long lost to Swahili, English and a sprinkling of Wollof! You beat me to a Masters too – I only grabbed a BA and started on my career as a teacher.

It has been a long, tough and determined road for you and you must relax and savour the moment. You are not like many who aimed for a degree for the jobs and wealth a degree would bring you. Approached in its pure form, as in the Greek “Educos”, education will fortify and sustain you through, inshallah, a long and at times treacherous life (my good friend the great Fafa Mbai’s TRRC testimony is a case in point).

Don’t stop. Now read widely, with zest, and may I suggest you start with Greek Philosophy … if you wish through brother Cornel West’s lectures and the equally good Harvard Lectures of Michael Sandel. And while you do so, don’t forget the accompanying music of Dr SaxLove … I can’t read Philosophy without Dr SaxLove in the background!

I look forward to sharing attaya in Kotu or Gunjur someday (inshallah). I am at the moment busy assisting Kombo Kerewan’s own Jainaba Jallow with her Philosophy course, but after that I look to head for the sunshine of Africa again. But of course, if you are passing through London, drop me a message – I would just be delighted to meet up briefly.

Congrats again,

Dida Jallow-Halake.

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