The Writers’ Association of The Gambia begins celebrations of the World Book and Copyright Day
The Writers’ Association of The Gambia has begun in earnest celebrations marking World Book and Copyright Day 2019. This is a celebration which is observed all over the world every year.
In this year’s celebration, WAG has decided to honour Dr. Lenrie Peters who is given the title of ‘Father of Gambian Literature’. Dr. Peters was a surgeon by profession but he had a passion for literature and that is why he has published many books of literature.
Dr. Peters is known all over the world for his excellent literary acumen. He is a cofounder of the Westfield Clinic where he worked until his demise a few years ago. He was a Pan-Aficanist who wrote extensively on Africa and its liberation.
The celebrations will take different forms one of which started today (Thursday, 25th) at the Ebunjan Theathre where an inter-senior secondary school essay competition is underway. The students were tasked to write on the life, convictions and legacy of Peters.
After this programme, the Writers’ Association will also honour some of The Gambia’s finest writers who have – continue to – contribute to the huge store of literary works. This programme will also take place today, Thursday 25th April 2019 at the Ebujan Theatre.
Tomorrow, Friday 26th April, there will be a conference at the Alliance Francaise where the life, times and convictions of Dr. Peters will be discussed. Scholars who have researched Dr Peters will deliberate on his life, works and convictions.
Finally, on Saturday 27th of April 2019, the Writers’ Association of The Gambia will hold its congress to elect a new executive. This is expected to give new impetus to the Writers’ Association so that it can contribute its quota to national development.