EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s journalists trade union; Gambia Press Union (GPU) said it is deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of the death of veteran journalist Sarjo Barrow, who passed away on Sunday at age 65.
The Union said during his decades of media practice, Mr Barrow inspired, groomed and guided many young announcers in the country. He is one of Gambia’s oldest local language broadcasters.
Born December, 26, 1953 in Central River Region (CRR)- South village of Niamina Kudang, Mr Barrow has over three-decade experience in journalism. He earned himself a reputable niche in the breaking down of complex English texts for Mandinka audience across the country in the decades he served at the national broadcaster; Gambia Radio and Television Services. He died just some four days before his 66th birthday.
“The demise of Uncle Sarjo is really sad and a great loss to The Gambian media fraternity. On behalf of The Gambia Press Union, I send my deepest condolences to his family and the journalism community,” the Union’s President Sheriff Bojang Jr said on Monday.
The late Barrow became popular and remembered for his household programme, the ‘Jamano’ that summed up weekly current national and global issues in one hour on the GRTS. Of recent, he initiated a daily news review on Star FM, a private radio station, where he moved to following his retirement from GRTS. Until his demise, he was serving at the national broadcaster on contract.
Earlier this December, news of his death went viral on social media which was later proven to be wrong until Saturday evening. He died after a brief illness.
From different corners in the country, Mr Barrow is described as “one of the finest broadcasters when it comes to local language news presentation.”
Meanwhile, the media fraternity continues to express shock on his demise, with prayers for ‘his soul to rest in peace’ raining from fans and loved ones across the world.