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NCAC to host intíl symposium on Oral History
The Point: Oct 13, 2022,
Article By: Yunus S. Saliu

The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) will host an international symposium on the theme ĎGambian Heritage Goes Digitalí from 18th-20th October 2022 at the Senegambia Beach Hotel.

The event will mark the successful end of a five year digitising project of the NCAC Oral Archives at Fajara. The archive is the repository of 7000 audio tapes and 2000 transcribed files. It is a unique national memory of the history of The Gambia.

With support from the German Gerda Henkel Foundation, NCAC staff and the German partners have completed the digitising of the archives which will in November go online on a dedicated website. The German project team included Professor Henning Schreiber of Hamburg University and Dr. Katrin Pfeiffer, an ethno linguist with 36 years research experience in The Gambia; Hassoum Ceesay and Siaka Fadera led the NCAC project team.

ďThe digital version of the RDD archives will help in conservation, and also increase accessibility and fundability of the collection. Now, we are happy to say that an important part of Gambian heritage is going digitalí, says Hassoum Ceesay, Director General, NCAC.

He stressed that ďat the start of the digitising project in 2007, NCAC and partners held a big confab of historians, and now that the project has been completed, NCAC and our German partners are again bringing together a dozen of historians and university dons from The Gambia, USA, UK, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Ghana and Germany who will present latest research on African and Gambian history relevant to oral tradition, heritage and contemporary issues like land disputes, digital archiving and tourism.

The doyen of the NCAC Oral Archives Mr. Bakari Sidibe (1921-2021), will also be remembered during the conference, says Hassoum Ceesay.

Honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture would deliver the opening remarks of this academic conference. The ministers of Higher Education and Foreign Affairs, academics who have done extensive research using the NCAC Oral Archives, will also deliver statements.

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