All is set for the book launch of Famara Fofana, a journalist cum novelist, tomorrow at the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute GTHI (formerly known as Hotel School).
The book titled “Recollections of an African Child” is Fofana’s second book in a space of two years.
In an interview with the Daily News, Sultan as he is also called said he got the inspiration from his eventful childhood days and his quest to tell his story in a very refreshing manner.
“It is a creative non-fiction that tells the story of an underprivileged but happy African child growing up in a quintessential traditional setting. It blends powerful imagery and spellbinding storytelling to capture those activities/daily routines that were the hallmarks of rural life in an undiluted Gambian village. The literary project evokes compelling moments of nostalgia and also brings to the fore some of those deeply enriched norms and values that were sacrosanct in the past,” he says.
Fofana’s first novel was published on November 1 2016 named “When My Village Was My Village.”
The book did fairly well. However, he says there is still a lot to be desired when it comes to the patronage of Gambian writers and their work.
Commenting on the writing industry of the country, the former GRTS editor says Gambian literature is on the right track.
“We are blessed with some terrific writers and story tellers who are well grounded in the art. We still need to look inwards as a people by cherishing our cultures and traditions. By that way, we will be proud enough to have them in a unique fashion.”
Nonetheless, Mr. Fofana urged the relevant authorities to provide school children with literature materials owned or authored by Gambian writers, adding his voice to the clarion call for people to literally consume what is locally produced.
Meanwhile, the book launches kicks start at 4pm.