Awa Njie

My name is Awa.k. Njie and I am a 21 years old Gambian.

I live with my extended family including my grandmother, uncles, aunties and lots of cousins in our family compound in Bundung.

The Gambia is known as the smiling coast of West Africa because of its peace and loving people - and I am happy to be one of these!

I started my activism with the Gambia Red cross Society when I was just 11 years old as a volunteer, getting communities, particularly women involved in the work of Red Cross.

In 2009 I received a merit certificate from the Gambia Red Cross Society, as a token of appreciation towards my commitment and dedication in serving humanity. I was also awarded the National Child friendly award in 2008 as the female child right's advocate of the year by young people in the media.

I also volunteer with ACTIVISTA the Gambia, African Youth Coalition Against Hunger and other youth organisations. Recently I became part of the Activista Blogger Swarm which is global blogging group where we will posting blogs about food injustice and climate change.

Presently am attending the University of the Gambia, aspring to have my BSc in development studies as a major and as well as management as a minor.

My hobbies are reading interesting novels (Double Cross and Harry Potter are my favourites), research and making friends.  Besides that I love cooking - especially traditional Gambian food.

 

 

 

Latest blogs

Let me flick back the pages of history and take you through my personal experience of female genital mutilation.  I was born in an urban community were female genital mutilation practice is a...
As events unfold around the world for a two week commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), The Gambia was not left behind in solidarity with the world during the...
As worldwide events unfold simultaneously for the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism on Gender Based Violence (GBV), we in the Gambia were not left out.  The 16 Days Campaign has been used as...
As worldwide events unfold simultaneously for the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism on Gender Based Violence, we in the Gambia were not left out.  The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an...
Neneh Binta Jallow heads her own household in Moriya village in the Niamina East district of the Central River Region (CRR). The village has a population of 31 people living in 8 compounds....
Women play a bigger role in our modern society taking up responsibilities than men do and immensely contributing towards the political and socio-economic development of any country, and not only in...
As we walk through the village nature was beautiful with dry leaves and grasses seen everywhere and cattle grazing on an empty field with rocks and no green grass. We have to journey in the middle of...
One of my fellow Activistas Saiba T. Suso has gone to the villages to understand what the food crisis means there. Since internet is far from widely available there, I am helping him get his story...
Market - Darsilameh village in the lower river region of the Gambia
I was born and raised in the urban Gambian setting and never experienced rural life. As a young person, I have always been convinced that life in the urban areas is the best thing someone could ever...
Dry corn field
Not so long ago, I was  lucky enough to take part in the future strategy meeting of Activista the Gambia. Sounds boring? Not quite! With a group of thirty Activistas from all regions of the...
Group decission