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Kankurang Festival Is A Real Authentic Experience – Lucy McCombes

By Yunus S Saliu

Lucy McCombes, co-founder of the Ninki Nanka Encounters Foundation was among thousands of visitors who made it to McCarthy Island for the 7th edition of the Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival held from the 26th to 28th January 2024. On careful observation she said the Kankurang Festival celebrated annually in the historical McCarthy Island is a real authentic experience festival.

Lucy McCombes who led a group of Commonwealth Scholarship students with Leeds Beckett University in the UK to The Gambia on annual field trips said she has been in and out of The Gambia a lot saying the Kankurang Festival “Is a real authentic experience that feels very much a local event that people from outside are very welcome to attend.”

On the 8th edition of the Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival, she applauded the organising committee for a job well done, in an extension to people that have been guiding them including the technical team “from the NCAC. That helps people from outside to understand the importance, value, and what’s going on.”

Before now Lucy McCombes had been to Janjabureh 10, 15 years ago “Now I can see how much progress has been made. When I first came, I didn’t even know the Kankurang but now I think a lot is happening with the involvement of local people here to raise awareness and bring it to life. It’s a really great thing.”

The supporting infrastructure for the event, she noted, needs more commendation with a more responsible kind of green approach by thinking about managing the impact of the event gradually “it is progressing and has been an exciting evening they should be congratulated for that.”

However, Ninki Nanka Encounters Foundation The Gambia cp-founder the students she led to the Smiling Coast of Africa on annual field trips were students awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to study the distance learning Masters in Responsible Tourism Management, they are students from Ghana, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Kenya.


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