- Ismaila Ceesay
- The Gambia
- MSc in African Studies
- Doing Now
- Political Science Lecturer at the University of the Gambia
Why did you decide to apply for the MSc programme in African Studies?
I had always had a passion and a deep-seated interest in African political issues since in high school. However, browsing the net one summery afternoon while in Sweden, I came into contact with the University of Edinburgh's Center for African Studies. It was at this point that my interest for African socio-political issues gathered momentum. Impulsively, I applied for the MSc Programme in African Studies and I got accepted. Needless to say, this was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
What is like being a student in Edinburgh?
Great, fantastic, exciting, but above all intellectually stimulating. The city is the very epitome of an intellectual citadel. A veritable cocktail of learning and leisure, nature and art. I enjoyed every moment of my association within the Edinburgh intellectual circles.
What are the best memories of this experience?
My times at the reading labs; the Wednesday seminars; stimulating lectures with Dr. Andrew Lawrence; the debate sessions with Dr. Tom Molony; and the social functions organised by CAS.
What have you done since graduating?
I started lecturing at the University of the Gambia. This made me realise the value of the education I acquired at CAS.