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We all know Cherno’s story already, but that doesn’t make it any less inspiring.
There’s nothing easy about being a poet. Essentially, anyone who manages to get their voice and poetry published without already being a reality TV star is an amazing genius.
Afrinity Production draw cognizance to Cherno Gaye, a law student at the university of The Gambia, and a well known Poet, currently working for the TRRC as the deputy coordinator of the youth and children unit.
Poetry for him has been the ultimate expression of absolute freedom, it made him who he is. There are no limits to the things he can do with poetry. It empowers him to inspire and empower others, and that to him is a manifestation of meaningfulness in his efforts. In short, it helps him add value to his life and the lives of others.
So the next time you want to give up on a dream, or go live in the forest because everything just seems too hard, draw inspiration from this amazing story of Cherno.
Cherno refuses to be dragged down by anything, he always try to make that dream come through, if hard work and commitment is all it takes then he is proudly locked and loaded.
Growing up has really been interesting for him, he was born and raised in the provinces, did his school there from grade 1 to 12 he then came to Kombo and picked it up from there. There’s been a lot of challenges for him, but then that’s what he believe life is all about and he is grateful that he have been able to knock down everything that ever stood in front of him to reach to where he is.
What inspires the Young poet is in his junior school, they used to have two girls who were very vocal, every monday and Friday they come to the assembly and address the the students. The girls were so good at speaking that he thought they were super humans or something, and even though he never spoke to them, they are perhaps the biggest inspiration that led him to pick up public speaking in general.
Cherno choose to be a poet because it is the greatest tool of communication. Music is poetry, every good literature is poetic, the Quran is poetic. He can be as creative and crafty as he want with the language whilst delivering relevant messages and being entertaining at the same time. Poetry is the most complete art for him.
When asked what he dislike about the Gambian poetry scene, ” I ’d like to narrow this down to Gambia, I’d like for poetry to have a bigger national platform. I am personally taking steps to make sure this happens, we will be having the Open Stage Poetry Festival very soon Insha’Allah. I’d also like to see poets recognized better and paid better”, he said.
Cherno’s professionally goal to be a human rights lawyer, he is particularly interested in international human rights law.
Cherno cannot do without his laptop, his phone and earbuds.
He is also an entrepreneur, he produce paper bags as an alternative to plastic. Thereby limiting the disposable plastic which is bad for thé environnement. Paper is environment friendly and biodegradable, so he is trying to deliver a solution. It is on a small scale right now, but he hope to grow and expand.
By Amie T. Camara
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production draw attention to Several Arab trade associations who have announced the boycotting of French products, protesting the recent comments made by President Emmanuel Macron on Islam.
Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France.
According to Aljazeera, he described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.
His comments, in addition to his backing of satirical outlets publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, has led to a social media campaign calling for the boycott of French products from supermarkets in Arab countries and Turkey.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production reliably make known to you the statement of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who has said that Nigerians killed before, during, and after the #EndSARS protests must get justice.
The Speaker, who sympathised with Nigerians from all parts of the country as a result of the killings, said the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.
Speaking when he paid a visit to sympathise with the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, the Speaker said the destruction caused by the protests was a very sad event that should not occur again in the history of Nigeria.
The Speaker and his delegation also paid a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, whose historical palace was destroyed during the wave of violence that engulfed the state. The delegation equally met with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Accompanied by some members of the House, Gbajabiamila, at the Lagos House Marina, expressed sadness over the wanton destruction of property and the devastation after he and members of his team watched a documentary on the incident.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production unveil to you the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari saying he is avoiding to get into any debates until all facts are established. He disclosed this few days after he addressed the nation regarding the violence and unrest that marred the #EndSARS protests.
The president who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.
He also has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the ongoing nationwide looting, destruction of property.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production make known to you the landslide victory of Guinea’s President Alpha Conde in his re-election, giving him a third term in office after official results from 37 of 38 voting districts.
According to Reuters, Conde, 82, has received 2.4 million votes so far, versus 1.26 million for opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo, following a bitterly fought election that has sparked deadly street violence.
Reuters say at least 13 people are reported to have been killed in skirmishes since Sunday’s polls, in which Diallo has claimed victory based on his campaign’s tallies.
Conde’s decision to run for a third five-year term has sparked repeated protests over the past year, resulting in dozens of deaths. He says a constitutional referendum in March reset his two-term limit; his opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production discloses the United States Government condemning of the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
In a tweet on Thursday, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, equally called for the prosecution of those involved in the shooting.
“The United States strongly condemns incidents of military forces firing on unarmed protestors in Lagos,” Pompeo tweeted.
He added: “Those involved should be held to account under the law. We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.”
The #EndSARS protest which has lasted about two weeks took a different dimension on Tuesday evening as soldiers opened fire on the protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
This was a few hours after the Lagos State Government announced a curfew to curb the protest which was increasingly gaining momentum.
Pope Francis the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State endorses Homosexuality.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production draw attention to Pope Francis who became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue.
The remarks came in a documentary called Francesco that was released on Wednesday.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the pontiff said, as he reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as LGBTQ.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” he said.
However, conservative Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, called for clarification. “The pope’s statement clearly contradicts what has been the long-standing teaching of the church about same-sex unions,” he said in a statement.
“The church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships.”
Catholic teaching holds that gays must be treated with dignity and respect but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered”. A 2003 document from the Vatican’s doctrine office stated the church’s respect for gays “cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions”.
Muhammadu Buhari accuses demonstrators of threatening ‘national security’ as violence and fails to address shooting of protesters.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production draw attention to the disheartening statement of President Buhari calling Nigerians to stop demonstrating and engage with the government in a short televised speech on Thursday. The shootings have been widely condemned and totally out of line, but he did not speak of them at all during his address.
He called on Nigeria youths “to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding”, he said.
Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a crackdown on protesters on Tuesday that drew international condemnation. Overall, 56 people have died across the country since demonstrations against police abuse and bad governance began on October 8.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said his “heart goes out” to the victims of Tuesday’s shooting, as well as policemen and others who have lost their lives in several days of turmoil in Africa’s most populous country.
“The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them,” Osinbajo said in a statement.
By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production reliably unveil the given full approval by US regulators for the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Veklury, the drug’s brand name, cut the recovery time on average by five days during clinical trials.
“Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval,” the FDA said in a statement.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said last week remdesivir had little to no effect on patients’ survival..
The WHO said this was based on its own study – but the drug’s manufacturer Gilead rejected the findings of the trial.
Remdesivir had been authorised for emergency use only in the US since May.
It was recently given to President Donald Trump after he tested positive for Covid-19. He has since recovered.
𝐀𝐃𝐃𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐁𝐘 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐄𝐗𝐂𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐘, 𝐌𝐔𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐔 𝐁𝐔𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐈, 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐄𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐋 𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐎𝐅 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐀 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐒𝐀𝐑𝐒 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐒, 𝟐𝟐𝐍𝐃 𝐎𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐁𝐄𝐑, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well – intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.
4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.
5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.
6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.
7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.
8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.
9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.
10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.
11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society. These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:
a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.
13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
e. N-Tech and
14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.
15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.
16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.
17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country.
18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.
19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.
20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.
21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.
22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.
23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.
24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.
Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.