A party, according to Macmillan English Dictionary For Advanced Learners International Students Version, is a local event at which people meet to celebrate something or to have fun by eating, drinking, playing games etc. Party have long been hosted by families, friends, work places, to celebrate weddings, naming ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, awards, examination success etc.
In The Gambia however, parties have assumed a new dimension, have become unnecessarily competitive and is characterised with extravagance, exhaubitant spending as individuals try to show off neglecting more important responsibilities like paying the rent, the children’s school fees and so on in the process. All because people try to show off with money when they don’t have but had to borrow.
Now, we must look at what happen when the party is over?
A Ghanaian poet has this to say;
When the party is over
And all guests gone
You sit alone for you are left alone
To count your loses
And your gains, if any.
For it’s really hard to say,
All that is left with you
Is a fat bill to be paid
After it had been laid.
You now sit in the debris
of the left-over to reflect
Quietly on what your guests said;
Some said “Thank you”
Meaning; they enjoyed
Generosity of your wines and dines
And wished you could do such
Not bothering about your empty pockets,
The ones ungratetful though,
“Thank You”, they said too
Really meaning you only tried
To show off with money you don’t have
But had to borrow.
They not as irresponsible as you
Will never do such foolish things.