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Spotlight on Fatou Saine-Gaye

Proprietor of Gaye Njorro Plus Beauty Saloon and School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology.

Hello and a warm welcome to yet another scintillating edition of Personality of the Week, your weekly column aimed at bringing prominent Gambian top notches and achievers into the limelight.
In today’s edition, we bring you the profile of a woman who today, stands out as a household name in The Gambia, a woman stands out as a prove that women empowerment is indeed on course in The Gambia.
A woman who ranks among the finest citizens Gambia has produced. Her capabilities, skills, high sense of discipline and strategic initiatives put her upright as a role model.
She is no other person than Fatou Saine-Gaye, proprietor of Gaye Njorro Plus Beauty Saloon and School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology in Brusubi.


Born to the late Momodou Saine and Jankeh Njie on the 11th of August 1974 in Banjul, she started her educational journey at the MethodistPrimary School from 1984 to 1989. She proceeded to the celebrated St. Joseph’s High School from 1989 to 1994 where she obtained her “O” Level Certificate. The same year she enrolled at the Institute of Continuous Education (ICE) up to 1996.


Like any other serious minded woman she proceeded to AT Emile Woolf College from 1996 to 1988, where she obtained an ACCA certificate.
She later proceeded to City Banking England and obtained a certificate in Management Studies before proceeding to the Chartered Institute of Banking.
In 2005 she returned to The Gambia and took up appointment briefly for 8 months with First International Bank (FIB) as Corporate Officer, Marketing, before returning to United Kingdom.
In December 2007 she established the model Gaye Njorro Plus Beauty Saloon. While in the UK Mrs. Gaye worked at British Gas as clerk, London Electricity as Finance Clerk and Sainsbury’s Supermarket as Price Controller. She had also worked in a saloon for seven years.


In February 2009 the down-to-earth Fatou Saine-Gaye established the School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology. The school has now about 15 students.


Students are not only taken on hair dressing but also on Business and Communication, Health & Safety and First Aid. Her firm is also special in kids styles and treatment, rental of weeding dress and accessories.


Fatou Saine-Gaye has particularly encouraged and entrenched undertakings aimed at extending social and women’s right as well as socio-economic development of Gambian women. This, Mrs. Gaye says brought her more closely to the people Fatou Saine-Gaye is a symbol of success.
In her own words she hates seeing girls roaming about doing nothing. And that is why she established the School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology for girls to learn skills to earn a living honourably. This underlined her praise and honour as a woman of great mind and ideas, worthy of example.
Mrs. Gaye says she ‘smiles a bit and feels content that she is contributing to women empowerment in her country when she established the School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology, because it part of her passions that all girls have something to do and not roaming about.
“I think this school will do a lot towards the advancement of women, especially the girls to earn a decent living,” she says. The good books says all things work together is appointed time for everything. She is no doubt Mrs Gaye is an asset to the country.
The Gaye Njorro Plus Beauty Saloon and School of Hair Dressing & Cosmetology are situated at Brusubi (Turntable) Around Access Bank. And girls are encouraged to enrol there for their own advancement.


She has been described by many as a quite humble woman, well respected by all those who know her. She is a woman of dignity, who always shows interest in fellow mankind’s idea. She is visibly one of the most development-oriented women in Gambian society today.


Some of her experiences today served to reinforce her conviction to strive hard and diligently in making a place for herself in the top strata of society, growing in tandem with her flair for quality and excellence in her relentless desire to succeed in the corporate sphere.
As many of her peers readily attest, Fatou Saine-Gaye owns her success to hard work and exemplary commitment to duty.


Her hobbies include reading, cooking watching documentary and historic films, meeting people and travelling and visiting places of interest. She is married with three children.
Author: Abba Gibba & Babucarr Senghore
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