The founder and director of Gambia Participates, a youth-led Civil Society organization committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and corruption reduction, Marr Nyang has announced that he is ‘back’ and ready to continue his advocacy for good governance in the country.
Marr had announced on April 20 through his handle on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter that he was quitting due to frustration.
His words, “I am quitting! I can’t take this anymore! Gambia is not ready! I’m moving on! I am under 30 and I look 40! Not entertaining interviews on this!”
However, in a statement shared via his Twitter handle over the weekend, Marr announced that he is walking away from his decision as “winners never quit”.
He added that going forward, he plans to partner with the government, political parties, politicians and other groups towards bringing solutions to the existing socio-economic issues in The Gambia.
Recounting his decision to quit, he said, “On April 20, when I said I quit, I meant it! The frustration was too much to handle and it is not only the government bringing in those frustrations.”
He however hinted that his decision to ‘fight on’ was based on messages of support and solidarity he got from friends, followers and admirers around the world.
His words, “I’ve received a lot of messages and calls from within and around the world to keep up. Those that have been there for me as a mentor (Biba and Hamzat) family and friends, you’ve consistently proven to be an asset in my life.
“Some partners and silent followers from within and around the world, one of whom drove an hour to meet me in my hotel in Holland to discuss how we could better build the democracy in Gambia, gave me another reason why the work should continue.
“I have learned the small things I do for my country are being silently monitored and appreciated by Gambians and non-Gambians alike.”
Reflecting on his short hiatus, Nyang said that time away gave him some perspective as he has studied the political and social temperature of the country and figured change will not take place in The Gambia if “we do not revisit our attitude and relationship towards each other.”
He pleaded that Gambians “… must love, value and appreciate each other. The infighting in our societies, political parties, government, various offices, and social and traditional media must transition towards empowering each other for when one is empowered, the society will be empowered and the country will eventually transition to a developed country. I think we have spent most of our time and energy fighting each other instead of harnessing that energy and time to develop each other and improve democracy in our country.”
Nyang also noted that his plan now is to focus on working in partnership with the government, political parties/politicians, communities, CSOs, media and INGOs to bring solutions to our existing socio-economic issues.
He added, “While I‘ll be working on supporting democracy and anti-corruption efforts in The Gambia, I have started expanding my work at a global level promoting youth participation in democracy, anti-corruption
Published on June 27, 2022