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biography

1965 born in Banjul, The Gambia / West Africa
since 1984 member of the ”Gambia Black African Art Club”
since 2001 private and public exhibitions in Germany, Belgium,the Netherlands
2002 and 2004 exhibition at the UNESCO Music Award to Youssou N’Dour and Oumou Sangaré/Mali in Aachen, Germany
2006 opening the art gallery “Mama Afrika” in Cologne, Germany
Nov. 2007 exhibition together with award given to Waris Dirie, Kerkrade, NL
Nov. 2007 Nomination “Best African Artist in Europe”
since Dec. 2007 International representative of The Gambian artists
since 2008 member of International Artist Association” IKV Germany
Nov. 2008 opening gallery “Mama Africa” in Brusubi / The Gambia
April 2009 founding the non-profit cultural institution “Mama Africa art centre”
Jan. 2010 opening “Mama Africa- women’s museum & art centre” Batokunku, The Gambia
2010 appointed chairperson to the Board of„National Centre for Art & Culture“
appointed member ofthe Organising Committee "Kanilai International Cultural Festival“
appointed consultant for upgrading the UNESCO World Heritage Site „James Island“
since 2010 “Girls in Art” – girls education project

Exhibitions & Activities 2008/2009 (selection)

  • Cultural Center „de Warande“ – Antwerpen / Belgium
  • “Land Art” – Hannover / Germany
  • WDR (German Public TV and Radio Station) – Cologne / Germany
  • "Straßen verbinden Kulturen"/Press Department German Government - Bonn/Germany
  • Sheraton Hotel Brufut / The Gambia
  • UN Headquarter “Inter. Women’s Week” / Cape Point /Gambia
  • EC Residence “Europe Day” / Fajara / Gambia
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Taipeh / Taiwan
  • „Afrikanischer Künstler" / Düsseldorf / Germany
  • „Weltreise der Sinne II" / Bonn / Germany
  • "Straßen verbinden Kulturen" / Museum for Industry / Karlstadt / Germany
  • "Kunst und Religie" / Denderleeuw / Belgium

Exhibitions & Activities 2010 / 2011

  • „UN World Women’s Day“ - Kick-off of a travelling exhibition at Mama Africa
  • Ngala Lodge / Exhibition, Fajara, The Gambia
  • Chairperson Board „National Centre for Art & Culture“/ The Gambia
  • Member Organising Committee „Kanilai International Cultural Festival“/ The Gambia
  • Upgrading UNESCO World Heritage „James Island“/ The GambiaImproving “Mama Africa”
  • Cooperation with projects/universities/schools/etc. in The Gambia, USA, Scandinavia, GB, Germany, Switzerland and other countries
  • “Girls in Art” – Start girls education project / The Gambia
  • “Visionary Women” - Nairobi National Museum – Kenya
  • Head of Batokunku School for Art & Homeopathy / The Gambia
  • African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) / USA