Lecture by Gambian Journalist Omar Bah

27 Mar 2014

Current Students/ Journalism/ Undergraduate

The Annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture on Global Journalism

Omar BagWe are delighted to welcome Omar Bah, a Gambian journalist who was tortured, declared ‘WANTED’ and eventually forced into exile for speaking up against injustice in his native Gambia, to campus for the annual Christiane Amanpour Lecture series. Bah, a URI alum, has written about his experiences in the memoir, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of An African Journalist.

DATE: Thursday, March 27

TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION: Swan Auditorium

The book chronicles Bah’s escape journey from the Gambian regime in 2006 with compelling anecdotes about the repressive environment in his native country, descriptions of African village life and traditional narratives that make the book a powerful read. The book takes the reader through Bah’s journey from Senegal to Ghana before eventually receiving assistance from the U.S. government and non-governmental organizations to resettle as a refugee in the state of Rhode Island in May 2007.

Sponsored by the Journalism Department