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Author Momodou S. Sawaneh
My name is Momodou S. Sawaneh.
Born and grown up in a small village called Suwareh Kunda,
Gambia, West Africa, I now live in Bronx, New York City
(NYC), United States (US). In 1977, when I was six years
old, I attended Kerewan Elementary School. I graduated
in 1984. I continued on my studies and went to Armitage
High School. This program took me five years to complete.
I graduated from that high school in 1989. Right away,
I attended Gambia Technical Training Institute for only
two years. To better my education, I decided in 1992 to
come to the US.
While in the US, I first attended the Computer Information Systems program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 1995, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. For graduate studies in Computer Science, I went to Pace University for my Masters degree. I obtained my M.Sc. in 2003. Both academic institutions are located in NYC.
In addition to my higher education pursuits, I am actively involved in community services. For instance, in 2002, I founded a non-profit organization (NPO) with a handful of fellow citizens. This NPO, which I am the President, is called Gambian Youths Organization. I also co-found a computer business named New Millennium Computers in 2004.
Moreover, I am happily married with three children. Very often, my wife and I spend quality time with them. Sometimes, we dine out, visit zoos, and go sightseeing in Manhattan. My hobbies include writing, reading, travelling, playing soccer, jogging, and watching movies. Presently, I work at Amalgamated Bank in downtown Manhattan, NYC. There, I am a Network Engineer. Previously, I worked for the Bronx District Attorney as a Computer Technician for eight years.
To be a writer, I came a long way. While growing up, I sat around my paternal grandmother. She recounted to me numerous African traditional stories. I felt very happy and inspired. My ambition became to emulate my grandmother by following in her footsteps. Then, at an early age, I started to dream of writing stories and recounting them to my entire extended family. In sum, I wanted to be a storyteller!
To this end, I started writing poems in 1990. By the end of 1990, I had written a dozen poems rooted in lyrics of hip-hop artists. At first, I tried to sing rap music. However, my voice was not suitable for rap music. Immediately and once and for all, I quit the rap music industry and went into writing. I even donated all my poems designed for hip-hop music to my neighboring friends. They have been using them to better their music.
To fulfill my writing dream, I signed up for an internship with a movie star called John Levin. John shot a movie called “No Money Down”. In the movie, he recounted hardships he experienced while growing up in the Brooklyn Housing Projects. Night and day, I helped him to set equipment for different footages of the movie and wrote scripts. Moreover, in 2004, I help publish monthly newsletters for the Gambian Youths Organization where I often write articles.
Finally, I have recently finished
writing an excellent novel called Dangerous Love. Dangerous
Love gives me a sense of fulfillment. It signals me that
my childhood dream of becoming a writer is on track.