The Executive Director of GYIN- Gambia, Mamadou Edrisa Njie, has been declared the winner of the ‘Youth of the Year 2017’ yesterday, Tuesday -14th August, 2018.
‘Youth of the Year’ award is conferred by The Stone Circle, a youth-focused online media.
The award, which is in commemoration of the International Youth Day, seeks to recognize the efforts of youth and celebrate their invaluable contributions to national development.
The Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of The Stone Circle, Saikou Suwareh Jabai, said the annual award is aimed at recognizing and encouraging young Gambians who continue to achieve and make outstanding contributions to national development.
“Not all those who strive succeed. The ‘Youth of the Year’ award do not only acknowledge success; it will also recognize many other qualities such as ability, struggle, effort, commitment and, above all, excellence in service,” he said.
Jabai said the awarding is based on editorial judgment and that it takes the past 12 months under-review. He said 3 candidates were nominated and Mamadou Edrisa Njie finally won with majority of the votes. He described Njie is a passionate youth worker who has done tremendously well especially in the area of rural youth empowerment.
He added: “Young people like Njie need to be encouraged to keep going above and beyond.”
The Managing Director of The Stone Circle, Ebrima Darboe, congratulates the ‘Youth of the Year’, saying the award speaks volume about Njie’s selfless services to young people of The Gambia.
“Nothing makes hard work feel more well-earned than a sense of acknowledgement,” he said.
Darboe said every day, young people set spectacular goals and achievements are being reached. He said there is no better way to reward these achievements than such a prestigious an award.
Reacting to the news of his award, Mamadou Edrisa Njie expressed delight about the award.
“I am honored to be the ‘Youth of the Year’. This award is a manifestation of the work that I am doing in the service of national development,” the award-winning youth worker said.
Njie dedicated the award to his mentor, Moses Abukari, the former IFAD Country Programme Manager for West and Center Africa.