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Gambia: DA Jawo Hints Many Gambian Writers Will Publish Books After Covid-19

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Former Information Minister and Gambian writer, Demba Ali Jawo, has hinted that many Gambian writers are going to produce and publish a lot of books after the COVID-19 pandemic is defeated in the country.

DA Jawo said Gambians should not be surprised to see a proliferation of book publishing by Gambian writers after the pandemic because amid the lockdown, many writers are busy writing and some even could be documenting the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot of writing activities will happen in post-Covid-19 pandemic,” he said on Sunday via Zoom meeting where he was the special guest to lecture on the topic, “Writing in Time of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case for Gambian Writers.”

Lecturing further, DA Jawo said the pandemic, like many sectors in the country, has hit hard the literary industry of The Gambia, forcing writers to do their activities online.

The veteran journalist also informed the participants on the virtual meeting that while writers can write books amid the pandemic, it would be difficult to organize a launch ceremony due to the prohibition of public gathering.

Nonetheless, Modou Lamin Age-Almusaf Sowe, the secretary general of the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) revealed that the virtual lecture came at the right time, saying hardly many Gambian writers published books amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foroyaa can confirm reporting only one book launch that took place since March when the deadly virus was recorded for the first time in the country. The virtual ceremony was the book launch of Mod A.K. Secka, the current Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Research Science and Technology.