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Gambia: Nollywood Star Meets Gamcel Officials
Source: The Daily Observer (Banjul)
Source Date: Thursday, June 07, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Gambia
Created: Jun 08, 2012

Famous Nollywood actor from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is currently in The Gambia under the mandate of the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), a United Nations affiliated body for educational and talent scouting. Jim Iyke, Wednesday visited the offices of the Gambia Cellular Company (Gamcel) in Kanifing, where he held talks with the officials of the national GSM operator. Iyke, an ACTDF ambassador is said to have been given a mandate to go across the continent to select two children in each visiting country for free education to whatever level as aspired by the UN. Led to Gamcel by George Gomez, the chairman of the regularisation body of films in The Gambia, the Nollywood star was warmly received by the officials of the institution, who took the opportunity to share with him the history and operations of Gamcel. Speaking during the meeting, the marketing and communications manger at Gamcel, Ma Nyima Cham described the visit as an opportunity.She told the visiting Nollywood star that Gamcel has been in operation for the past 11 years. "Iyke is a youth ambassador and in Gamcel we pride ourselves to be associated with the youth; so therefore Gamcel and Iyke both have the same objective," Cham stated. Speaking earlier, senior marketing manager at Gamcel, Ramou Nyassi -Hydara, described Iyke's visit as important, in the sense that it vindicated Gamcel as a reputable company in the eyes of the international community, especially celebrities like him. "We want Gamcel to not only be recognised within the West Africa region but to be seen as a dominant player in Africa and by extension the world at large," she buttressed. Madam Nyass-Hydara told the visiting actor that the national cellular company has been engaging in a lot of activities, notably in the areas of agriculture, education, youth and sports initiatives, amongst others. The director of Customer Service, Basiru Darboe, for his part, described Jim Iyke as a role model for many both in The Gambia and the world at large, while stating that the visit was highly appreciated. Also speaking was George Gomez, who said Iyke is also interested in looking at how he could contribute to enhance the movie industry in The Gambia and contribute to the development of the tourism sector. While stating that Gamcel is chosen due to its status as a national GSM operator, Gomez, former executive director of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), noted that Gamcel has impacted positively in the development of the communication system in The Gambia. "If anybody is coming to contribute to enhance Gambian tourism and film industry, they should first think about Gamcel," he stated. Confirming the purpose of his visit Jim Iyke, said he was in the country to represent African Children Talent Discovery Foundation, a United Nation affiliate body, which he (Iyke) is an ambassador. He said that the organisation has given him the mandate to go across the continent to select two children from each country for free education to "whatever level" as aspired by the UN. The Nollywood star described this initiative as great opportunity, saying those lucky persons to be selected must be between the ages of 16-26. He also indicated that the persons must be of high level of talent and under-privileged. "Apart from the UN mission, I decided to meet with stakeholders and see how we can partner to push the industry forward," he concluded.
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