Deyda Hydara Seven Years On! Are We Keeping The Legacy?
Friday, January 27, 2012
The dynamic, indefatigable and charismatic Deyda is gone but not the least forgotten as year in year out he is remembered by his associates, the many friends and colleagues, but are we keeping the momentum hence legacy? Why and why not are the questions that must be answered by how and what are we going to do rather than mere rhetorics at yearly commemorations characterized by parlances of all the goodies in eulogies or related paraphernalia. Yes, one may be compelled to rent one’s spleen on the issue thus reference to recent conference held by the associates, family and international bodies at tango conference hall at which event many beautiful exposures where made.
However, reference to mine the synopsis of which gave an insight into what DEYDA stood for and whether we are maintaining his stance letter and spirit remain the million dollar question that must exercise the minds of all and sundry lamentably, he is gone but not forgotten but the finger pointing blame game and chastising must now translate into pragmatic stance by all and sundry to uphold his principles’ if we are not crying over spilled milk to unearthen the perpetrators. This is the “Horomsi” or bite coloum that Deyda established that must now be opened to all without doubt, as an educationist; the adage that I coined at the event thus THE TRUTH is not consistent with time, place and personalities hence elusive but shall always prevail must exercise our minds to forge a head.
Similarly, my intervention as youth and sports activist commending him as the bedrock of our youthful exuberance by engaging a lot of our youth must be perpetuated by all and sundry to really engage our youth cohort to thrive
As a social commentator, as I am always denied full participation for fear that I don’t mince my words in saying, the truth regardless of whose bread is buttered my exposure in chastising the entire organization for the lack of the very pragmatic, bold and affirmative step in dealing with legacy of Deyda is the only resort to allow DEYDA perfectly rest in peace and keep his fire burning.
Yes, the mere fact that our political divide mushroomed into the conference hall, raises the question where and would be their stance upon assuming office in the glass house? As this was an issue raised by me in an earlier forum need less to expound, the prominence given to other speakers above my humble self must be cause for concern as it does not auger well for equity in good governance we were trying to uphold. In furtherance of keeping DEDYA LEGACY, why is it that our adage in media institutions such as read the point and make a point, if you know it is happening, about to happen or has happened, say it among others are not strictly adhered to keeping divergent views that DEYDA stood for. But instead such are nipped in the bud and labeled as critical, controversial and self opinionated articles meant for overall the truth. What should prevail in future is to have an all inclusive dialogue for the whole day to engage each and everyone in society or the strata there-into map out strategies on the AFTERMATH of DEYDA. What must be in place? As this will avert the blame game finger pointing or chastising of each other, we will be better resolved to commemorate DEYDA stance and equally forge ahead with our national endeavour for better Gambia our dear mother land.
Let us take cue from the Zambians who lost a whole generation of players in 1993 but came with resolution “ from the demise of those fallen heroes we will rise and be tall” yes they did as they got to final of the 1994 African cup of nations amidst all that have. Can we measure up to them? Enough food for thought to project in 2012 as I sojourn to my native Jangangbureh to tackle youth and sports, cultural and religious activities head long whist on recess before storming the media with my new year message as usual.K.Y.M. Prince of Janjanbureh city and paramount journalist saying Adieu for 2o11.
Author: kebba yerro manneh