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Defying Dictatorship

Essays on Gambian Politics, 2012 - 2017

by Baba Galleh Jallow

Defying Dictatorship is an illuminating account of the nature and patterns of the 22-year autocratic rule of a former Gambian leader - Yahya Jammeh. In these pacy and pungent essays, the author exudes optimism in the redemptive power of knowledge to liberate The Gambia from the vice-like grip of tyranny and usher in an era of national renewal marked by liberty and egalitarianism.

ISBN 9789983953527 | 210 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2017 | CENMEDRA, The Gambia | Paperback

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"This collection of essays by Baba Galleh Jallow, a distinguished journalist and academic, is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the true nature of the Jammeh regime. He provides an intellectual foundation for assessing the performance of Gambian governments in the post-Jammeh era.  These essays focus largely on The Gambia, but the author addresses themes that are central to the broader debates about African politics. Jallow's arguments capture the spirit of the African Renaissance, and his writings will inspire the continued struggle against dictatorship everywhere."

DR EMIL NAGENGAST Professor of Politics, Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA

"These essays are in the vanguard of The Gambia's second liberation and are informative and about the abuses that Gambians had to endure during the '22 July Revolution' years.  The author does not deify the dictator as most were wont to doing; neither does he demonize him as most were fond of doing, too; instead, he defies him, showing him the dirty spots on his 'caftan'. These essays remind the emperor of his nakedness, shaming and helping to de-mask him. In that sense, they have therefore restorative and liberating qualities which the new leaders of The Gambia will also find useful."

HASSOUM CEESAY Author and historian, Gambia National Museum

"This collection of insightful and incisive essays says a lot about the brutal regime of Yahya Jammeh, but even much more about the criminal misgovernance that has become the lot of most African states. The beauty of the book is that it recognizes the fundamental role of the people in the making of government. When the people abdicate their sovereignty, they give room for dictatorship to thrive. For Africa and Africans, it is high time they took their fate in their own hands."

DR CHIJIOKE UWASOMBA, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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