By Muhammed L Bojang
The Network for Development of Kuloro and Tungina (NDKT), a Community-based non-profit organization established to strengthen unity within the two communities of Kuloro and Tungina in the West Coast Region, on Monday revealed plans to stage the first edition of a grand cultural festival on 26th – 28th December 2020, at Kuloro Village, Kombo East District.
Speaking to Mamos on the telephone on Sunday, Lamin F. S. Jammeh, an organising committee member, speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the Network, Ms Fama Barry, said the festival, on the theme; “Revealing The True Story Of Kaddy Kebbeh”, would be a three-day event featuring different cultural activities and entertainments. He said it would begin with football, cultural activities of different ethnic groups on day one and on the second day, there will be a historical ‘Bantaba’, field visits and later musical festivals and the official closing ceremony on the third day.
Jammeh said since the establishment of the Network, it has been engaged in a series of activities to promote and strengthen the existing development structures within the two villages; including cleansing exercises, communal sensitization on the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic with the distribution of food and other essential commodities, amongst others.
He said the Cultural Festival is part of initiatives to safeguard the long-standing peaceful and cordial relationship existing between the people of the two communities and to help the younger generation to learn and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of their communities, both of which have a rich culture and history unknown to many of its youthful generation.
“There are different versions of the narratives of the history of the legendary Kaddy Kebbeh and other historical narratives even amongst the villagers themselves. The Network therefore felt it necessary to try to harmonize those different versions,” he adds.
History has it that Kuloro as a community was established by the settlers of Tungina, and to date, those narratives are neither well documented nor certain to the present generation. For instance, Sitta Johe Island, one of the tourist attractions in the area, has its different versions in oral history about how it was originally settled by the indigenous people of Kuloro and Tungina and there are still different versions of its history.
Jammeh adds that the main objective of the proposed Kuloro/Tungina Cultural Festival is to help educate the present and future generations about the traditions and cultures of the two communities and to set straight the historical records of the legacy of Kaddy Kebbeh, amongst others. He said it is meant to create an environment for the younger generation to know the true history of the two villages and also serve as an avenue to promote cultural heritage and appreciation within Kuloro and Tungina for more tolerance and peaceful co-existence, as well as bridge the gap between the older and younger generations.