By Alhagie Jobe
A veteran broadcaster and senior Gambia journalist at the state TV of GRTS, Alhagie Kebba Dibba died Tuesday aged 51, at a hospital in Dakar, Senegal, after an operation following a long illness.
Born in Sintet Village, Foni Jarrol, West Coast Region (WCR), Kebba Dibba’s career began in 1992 when he joined the Film Production Unit of the then Department of Information and Broadcasting. He has been working with the national broadcaster since it was established as the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS). He also served as one time editor-in-chief of the Daily Observer Newspaper between the years 2000 to 2001.
Dibba, whose career spanned well over two decades, was a well known journalist in The Gambia especially reporting from the President’s Office for many years.
A doyen in broadcasting and Cardiff University trained journalist, Dibba rose to different ranks at the state TV due to his professionalism and commitment to duty. On 6th December 2014, he was appointed Director General of the Gambia Radio and Television Services, replacing Lamin Manga who was appointed in 2013. Until this elevation, the Sintet-born journalist was holding a high office as the director of Television Programmes.
Maintaining his presence on the marble of the country’s journalist fraternity, the late Dibba’s alertness kept him on his toes for the past decades as one among the most senior journalists and role models in the country’s media industry. He was a superb team player and a worthy role model. He has been an outstanding leader and shepherded his daunting responsibilities with an extra-ordinary sense of professionalism and astuteness.
Dibba obtained a Higher Diploma in Journalism at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1998. In 2007, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in International Journalism at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, United Kingdom.