The Gambia and Africa, at large, have discovered a hidden precious gem in the person of Ousman Touray, who propelled to international fame in recent times following the spread of a video of him articulating his vision of the African Continent and its youth. Touray, a talented, inspirational, and gifted young man, came to international fame after a fellow Pan-Africanist, Juliet Rayan, interviewed him recently and posted the video on YouTube. The video went viral and was watched by millions of viewers.
Who is Ousman Touray?
Ousman Touray is a young Pan-Africanist from The Gambia who started his schooling career back in 2003 in Kiang East. He moved to The Kombos in 2013 to do his high school level. Upon completion in 2016, he started his undergraduate degree in UTG with a major in Development Studies.
His brilliant ideas, particularly on education and his vision to pull Africa out of its current mess, are what the continent needs. Touray, an articulate and eloquent Pan-Africanist, believes that education is not designed to fit the purpose. Hence, he is calling for the transformation of the education curriculum in Africa.
To stress his vision, he opted to complete his studies in Rwanda, a country he considers a perfect model for Africa’s renaissance and development. Even though he was offered a scholarship to study in the US, UK, and Canada, which are highly reputable for delivering quality education, it didn’t capture Touray’s intelligent reasoning.
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He denied himself this chance, saying that his degree in Europe won’t benefit him.
In an interview, Ousman stated: “No one is going to do it for us if we are all running away… We have to stay in Africa, develop in Africa, and show to the world that Africa has a better image than the one they portray in the West.” “Basically, as a young Pan-African, my vision is deeply shaped by the pioneers of the movement that Africa belongs to us, and particularly the youths. We have to get rid of the disconnection and design the future we want as a People. The borders don’t matter. It’s the nationhood that can take us to where we belong. The beginning is understanding ourselves, our past, and the future we want.”
It took an outsider to bring out the closet a precious gem in Ousman’s caliber, which tells a lot about the Africans. Touray is a divine gift for the Gambia and should be jealously guarded and protected. He will be something tomorrow.