Thanks to the team at the New York Times for engaging the voices of Gambians at home and in the diaspora. I shared my thoughts on hope for the regime ahead. Check out the rest of the article, which includes perspectives on joy, limits on power, and the road ahead here.
"The vast majority of my people have left the Gambia because of the culture of intimidation that Jammeh created. There was no point having a successful business because he would crush it. There was no point aspiring to have a dynamic career because he had limited all opportunities for professional advancement. Now, I believe many of my family will return because of the spirit of hope — of possibility — in the air.”
Akinyi Ochieng, 23, a Gambian-American writer and student in London