True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance. - Alexander Pope
Dec 10, 2010
Eid in Gambia is very big. You go to the mosque for prayers and then stop by homes of relatives for a short visit. Here comes the biggie. Every time you go over to someone's house, they usually gift you with a generous amount of money we call "Salibo". When I was little, that was the only part of Eid I looked forward to and then I'd spend the money on stupid stuff.
On this very Eid, we went over to my paternal grandaunt's house Mam Njuli. She's my grandmother's younger sister. This was the day I realized the importance of naming children in my country. Almost all Muslim Parents in Gambia name at least one of their children after their own parents. My older sister Mariam was named after my father's mother.