Alagi Yorro Jallow
June 5, 2016, at 11:33 am
EPITAPH: The late George Christensen (RIP)
By Alagi Yorro Jallow
George Christensen was the composite man par excellence-everything about him hung together to create a persona that was impossible to ignore. Even when he was alive, he was already a legend in Gambia’s broadcast journalism.
I started a friendship with George Christensen through which I benefited greatly by his style and example, and his encouragement and generosity. I still remember working with him and Demba A. Jawo, Swaebou Conateh, Deydah Hydara, and Jeggan Grey-Johnson to challenge the draconian media law, the National Media Commission. We represented the media to fight for press freedom in the Gambia. We soon became fully acquainted when I realized that he was serious about press freedom and fought against the dictatorship. No one could take George Christensen for granted. His analysis of Africa and Gambia’s problems was incisive, and ruthless-it could not be dismissed on the grounds of ideology, religion, or any- ism. Nor did he allow his views to be softened by personal affections. – ” Goor Yumboul.”
I will, therefore, wish to put on record the high debt of gratitude I owe to George Christensen as one can see that through his example, encouragement and inspiration, I did not only become a journalist but also stayed put in the profession of which I remain a proud member. His humanism-George is a man of fine mettle, always accessible and affable. He loves and cares for people irrespective of their background or social status. George- with a personality, charismatic, constantly effusing geniality and humility, inspiring admiration and respect-had an impressive intellect and strong convictions about rights and wrong, as well as enduring courage, dedication, and integrity that makes him a great thinker and master broadcasting technician.
George Christensen: To meet him was to respect him, To Know him was to love him. To work with him was to admire him. I lose a good friend. You have gone physically, but you still alive in the spirit.”Gorr Yumbul” till we meet again. Continue to Rest in Peace.
Alagi Yorro Jallow