National Broadcaster Engages Embassy Officers on Black History Month

Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) produced a special report about African American History month and invited Erik Hall, Management Officer and Kathryn Edwards, Public Affairs Officer to give their perspectives about African American History.  Hall highlighted that many African Americans trace their roots back to The Gambia and therefore African American History is Gambian History.  Edwards used the opportunity to highlight the works of notable African Americans of Gambian decent including Alex Haley, the author of Roots and Jaha Dukureh, a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee who was instrumental in The Gambia adopting a law outlawing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Edwards pointed out how important Dukureh’s work is in protecting girls throughout Africa from FGM.  Participating in Special Reports such as these help engage the Gambian public and demonstrate the historic ties between The Gambia and The United States.  The Public Affairs Section maintains close relationships with multiple media outlets throughout The Gambia and utilizes these relationships to engage Gambians in topics related to ICS Priorities.