After successfully graduating in 2018, Marie immediately enrolled in a computer science degree at the American International University West Africa (AIUWA) in The Gambia. She is currently in her fourth year and looking forward to graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2022.
Marie’s love for music has been growing since she was young, thanks to her grandparents who were griots (traditional praise singers/musicians) in Guinea Bissau. Marie, who goes by the artist name ‘Lady Pama’, is an upcoming Afro reggae dancehall artist, song writer and performer, who is also learning to be an instrumentalist (guitar). She has released 4 songs, available on YouTube and Audiomack, since pursing music as a side career. To help support the cost of her tuition and music engagements, Marie helps her mum to manage an event decoration service for weddings, birthdays, and conferences.
Marie also volunteers in organizations such as the Supportive Activist Foundation (SAF), which aims to support people with mental health in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Marie has been a moderator for SAF’s weekly mental health forum via Zoom. Marie is relentless in her pursuit for success. In addition to her schedule, she still finds time to make and sell handmade beaded slippers and crochet accessories which provides her with an extra source of income.
With all the effort Marie has invested in her personal and academic development, we are excited to see how she merges her computing degree and passion for music towards a promising future.