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Hassoum Ceesay

religious leader, diplomat, cabinet minister, educationist, and ardent nationalist, also known as J. C. or Reverend Faye, was born in Bathurst (present-day Banjul, Gambia) to Wolof and Serer parents. His father was a shipwright and his mother a housewife. Faye attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and the Methodist Boys High School in Banjul, where he completed his studies in 1926. He got his teachers’ certificate in 1927. From 1927 to 1942, he taught at various mission schools in Bathurst, the capital and main administrative center of the British colony of Gambia.

In 1942 Faye helped start the famous Kristikunda School in Kantora in the Upper River Division of Gambia opening the gates of education to the people living in the Gambian interior which the British ruled as a protectorate The school whose name in the local Fula language means Christ s home was a bold experiment in ...


colonial governor, was born on 4 February 1866 in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France. His father, Joseph William Merlaud-Ponty, was a consular judge and communications officer in the French port of Rochefort. Merlaud-Ponty's mother was Marguerite Merlaud-Ponty (née Sonolet). He appears to have been the only child of his parents, although his father later remarried and had a daughter with his second wife. Not much is available about Merlaud-Ponty's early life. His parents were Catholic, but Merlaud-Ponty later rejected Christianity and became a Freemason. When he was dying in 1915 Merlaud Ponty rejected the sacrament of extreme unction and refused to have his secular marriage recognized by a priest When Catholic missionaries then refused to hold a religious funeral his family pleaded in vain to change the missionaries decision Merlaud Ponty who was nearly always referred to as William Ponty as an adult completed his primary and secondary education passed his ...