Poetic Thoughts: The Pen Cannot Erase Blood Stains

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On the appointment of the acclaimed Gambian pen guru to the portfolio of Information Minister, one visualises the reasoning behind the appointment. President Jammeh always dreams of having a battalion of pen pushers to launder his image and present him all refined and saintly. This dream always eludes him, as no brigade of his recruits was able to withstand or put any meaningful serious challenge to the army of willing Gambians exposing his every conduct and undemocratic behaviours.

Our thoughts today are simple: we are bewildered and bemused at the appointment of seasoned Gambian Editor In-Chief in the person of Sheriff Bojang Senior as the new Information Minister in the Gambian dictator’s cabinet. Sheriff is gifted with the English language, eloquent and fabulous to read. A man with many tongues, I mean whilst keying away at his keyboard, gathering the elusive thoughts from the asaman, visions. What will Foday think of his friend now?

The pen cannot erase blood stains. The early warning admonitions to the erudite Sheriff Bojang. You have read many verses from medieval to contemporary poets and sages. No need to remind you of their names because you know them all by heart. Mr Bojang don’t even attempt to repair the tattered image or character of our bloodstained dictator. You are nothing to him, likewise all those before you. And sadly, you will not even be able to effect any meaningful changes in his addictive style of administration.

Remember that before you was the broken pen man, Nana Grey-Johnson who disgracefully joined Jammeh’s inner cabal, and now he is a lonely pathetic figure, drinking away his sadness at the YMCA or CC Bars. I am only wondering what your survival strategies will be. Isn’t it ironic that Teranga FM is closed down and Sherrif Bojang appointed Information Minister?Is that your your anointment comrade? Jammeh works in mysterious ways, always plotting and scheming.

The Finas (Mandinka bards) do sang that ‘Kutinya baa siyaa nin Sherrfiyaa tee kilinti (having a bushy flowing hair does not qualify one to be a genuine Sheriff). Kuubaa bee lanbang kundin my friend..Enjoy GRTS whilst it last.


  1. In the beginning after the illegitimate coup in July 1994 majority of Gambians believe our yearn for change, & accepted the devil in incarnation with open arms, until true colours speaks, which MUST ring bells with all sane humans, Gambian & foreign, if we are to opine for genuine greater Gambian communal interests….. Hence we will continue to rid Gambia of murderous tyrannical oppressions by ANY means necessary……. I think some do accept evil yaya Jammeh poison chalice appointments to improve their CVs for better opportunities after….. But this is at RISK of one’s very own life, if not for lives of all Gambians & friends as he continues to murder & squander…. & this is ONLY if you can survive the kanilai devil’s murderous appetite, not to lie & frame to incarcerate you in torture & confinement…??? Then even if you do escape all that, you stand to risk losing your communal respect, being ditched by your very own families, friends, community & society at large, in post dictatorship, for degree of one’s collaboration….aid & abetting lies & falsehood on your very own community including oneself….. which is here soon…. Insha Allah. For Gambians are DETERMINED, down to the fate of the last citizen, if that is what it takes, to salvage our motherland from injustices which always led to strife elsewhere…. However it’s essential if comrades accept the appointment & continue work from within…. Whilst in contribution to aid the struggle, & fasten to terminate the barbaric murderous kanilai devil….while building CV; God help Gambia….. Ameen.

  2. Luntango Suun Gann Gi

    Give Sheriff a chance. He is the 1st truly independent spirit to join Jammeh’s Cabinet – since my other Mandingo friend Baba Kajali Jobe.

  3. Luntango Suun Gann Gi

    PS: I did see that YMCA CC Bar only ONCE. It is a truly GLOOMY place – even at the best of times (let alone when one is there to drown one’s sorrow!)

  4. Bonjang you better “bodje” or you will “boodjie”