11 August 2009



West African Insurance Institute on Friday 7th August 2009 awarded scholarships to five essay finalist to study insurance at its headquarters in Kotu South, The Gambia.
It could be recalled that WAII organised an essay competition on the theme "Insurance and educational development in The Gambia". A total of thirty three students submitted essays from across the country out of which five best have been selected by a central committe set up by the institute to sieve the best out of the lot.
Speaking at the ceremony the director of the instute, Dr. Prince Mike Okupolati, thanked participants for responding to the initiative by putting pen to paper to write.
The aim of the project he said "is to raise awareness about the existence and work of the institute which is based in The Gambia but however not many Gambians know about it."
According to him, since the inception of the institute in 1993 it has not been known to many Gambians, which is why they launched the initiative; not only to encourage better knowledge about the institute but also to encourage Gambians to study insurance which is a noble profession.
Also speaking at the scholarship award ceremony, the chairman of the central committee for the essay competition Mr. Abdoulie Touray, who was once the head of the governing council of the Gambia University, said that they were amazed at the quality of writing they came across during their assessment. He also urged the participants to nurture their writing skills and keep reading books.
The five winners of the scholarship are Sainabou Bojang of Methodist High School, Sainey N.K. Darboe of Nusrat, Imran Njie of Glory Baptist and Emily and Abigel Gomez, both of whom come from St Joseph High School.
Sainey Darboe, speaking to Pageant news blog shortly after winning the scholarship, said that he was so happy to win it and thinks he is now even with Alhassan (his twin brother) who back in March won the Black History month essay competition.
WAII website

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