The Gambia’s top Afro-Manding rapper, ST, has come out to address the issue of domestic violence, while calling on men to treat women with love and affection.

The Brikama-born musician made the urge during an appearance on The Sisters Sisters Show. His words: “Marriage is complicated and sometimes it’s hard to understand what actually happened. People tell stories; a whole lot of things are said and stuff like that. But I would like to tell everybody women are like gold and they should be treated like gold. I want to tell all the men out there to support women and actually be behind them because women deserve our support.

“Women should be respected and supported. Both men and women were created by Allah and we supposed to support them. I hereby declare to everyone I’m totally behind women in any way I can as an artist and as an individual.”

A host on The Sisters Show Dr Jay, who is a medical doctor in the US, assessed: “Thank you so much ST. That’s really important. I can feel the emotion. What you are saying is from your soul and I really adore that.”