Linguere was the title of Queens in the ancient Jollof empire. Being Wolof, I have always been fascinated by the matrilineal culture of my ethnic group, and how it differs from a range of other cultures in several aspects.

As I navigate what I call my Whole Woman Journeys, and get more rooted in the authenticity of my voice, the validity of my opinions, and the truth in my identity as a feminist, I have found great inspiration from the Linguere. Where African societies are generally patriarchal, treating women as second class, I see the Linguere as a representation of who we are meant to be as women in our world today.

The contexts may be different, and practices may have changed, but the plight of women hasn’t changed much generally. In a world that continues to stifle the voices of women, even when we speak of our own experiences and struggles, I seeks to unleash my voice, reflecting history in a modern context. Where we are raised to believe we come second, and should fit the molds and boxes, I seek to create my own path, open to many more girls and women reaching for a fate that’s different from the one society has designed for us, by default.

We may not wear crowns or be dressed in fancy gowns, but the Linguere is not what she wears. I was raised by generations of strong, determined and inspirational women, who refused to be limited to a fixed set of roles. I was taught to embrace my unique traits and be enough! I was raised to understand that all my feelings and opinions are valid, just as my right to make them known and heard. I was raised to depend, not on a man, but on the fruits of her my labour, first.

I grew up to be loved by loving; to be respected by respecting; to be understood by understanding; to be appreciated by appreciating and aims to be remembered by remembering. Yet, I refuse to let go of my individuality and conform. I lives in my truth and that is enough.

From my little corner in The Gambia, I use Linguere to speak to this truth and contribute to building a world where women and girls are free to reach their full potential and are never afraid to make their own choices and stick to them. I’ve been gifted with words, and the greatest way to use them is to speak through my journey, reclaim my narrative and tell my story as it is.

And as I do this, I hope to inspire generations of women and girls to do the same. No crowns, no fancy gowns, but a Linguere lives in each of us. Let’s honour her.



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    1. myzzdiamant Post author

      Thank you for the feedback Fally. I hope to keep sharing my thoughts and adding my voice to the issues I’m passionate about. Enjoy reading 🙂


  1. kijera

    Well i jus started reading this blog recently but it has taken my free times at work now. i almost visit it every time, i mean frequently. I want to read all your posts, i have tried to read as many as i can these days and to be honest you’re a genius.
    My advice is maybe you don’t know but you’re inspiring so many gambians in avery possitive way. Please i encourage you to keep posting and blogging and the sky is the limit.



  2. Gede Prama

    Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂


    1. linguerebi Post author

      Hey Jacob, thanks for following my blog and dropping this message. I just scanned through your blog and like what you write. Following, and hoping to read more from you. Cheers 🙂


  3. radio continental drift

    greetings Jama, i came across your voice late the other night in the twitter jungle! this brought me here to this quieter place. i was deeply touched by your accounts of interviews with returnee migrants. thank you for sharing, and doing it the way you did it! i recently had the chance listening to the troubled voices of young people in the Niger Delta; even though, those were volunteers for an ambitious skills-training centre for youths in the country. the baseline of their statements and stories was, “there’s no rational reason for me to stay here…” and “if i stay, it’s because I! want to do it ! … because i want to do something for my community, here!” i keep thinking about these voices. and especially the first part of the (base line) statements troubles me; well, yes, it’s “true”, i’ve seen and heard on site why it’s “rational” to leave… if i were in there shoes, wouldn’t i leave…?! but this deadly rational seems to me painfully merged with a return of colonialism’s voice now packaged in the “rational” of an evil (can’t find another word) world “economy”…?? the struggle continues. in faster spirals. like trapped thoughts.
    now i’m glad coming here and listening to your strong gentle voice in support of women and girls. keep doing what you do and continue your journey. a positive response to the many questions which can’t be answered. and be reassured, there are many sisters out there who are joint in the struggle. you might enjoy listening to one of them (perhaps you even know…). her voice came to my mind when i was listening to yours. here’s a recording with the artists Carol Karemera from Kigale/ Ishio Art Centre https://archive.org/details/Women_of_Rwanda_265
    one love



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