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Owning the first salon in town: Begay Njie makes it in The Gambia
Meet 29-year-old Begay Njie of The Gambia. She's the owner of Jagleh Cosmetics and Salon in the town of Kaur in the Central River Region North. What makes her business unique? Hers is the only salon in town. 'Some people will even call me, which lets me go outside of Kaur,' she said. She used to carry bags of products - such as make-up, nails and eyelashes - to sell at weekly markets, called 'lumas'. All that changed after applying for and receiving a mini grant through the International Trade Centre's Youth Empowerment Project, funded by the European Union.... Read more
Drama turns young Gambians away from 'desperate route to Babylon'
Janet Badjan-Young saw how performing arts could provide unemployed young Gambians with an alternative to illegally migrating to Europe when one of her students was offered a job immediately after his first show. One of Gambia's most prolific award-winning playwrights and the founder in 2011 of its first performing arts venue, Ebunjan Theatre, 81-year-old Badjan-Young has since used theatre to teach youth job skills and about the dangers of migration. "(Drama) provides them the skills you need - discipline, creativity, communication skills," said Badjan-Young, who was celebrated as a "TAF icon" on Friday by the TAF Africa Foundation, a charity focused on youth empowerment in Gambia.... Read more