The idea developed further in 2019 when in June, 2019, we received a visit from Sir Dawda, then on a wheel chair, accompanied by his daughter Nema Udom along with his nurse and the security officer. A meeting that began a series of visits by him to the Fajara Club. On one occasion Nema requested that she would like to get a “putting” mat so that he could also try and putt a few balls at home. Pro JJ Jatta provided the mat with some golf balls and I provided the Putter.
In December 2019 Venus shared a photograph of the clay mould – Made by master sculptor Jin, this was the most important part as any changes in the clay mould would reflect on the final bust. The clay mould to our untrained eyes was quite good in my opinion. I sent the picture to Nema who also concurred that it was a particularly good impression of her father.
We got lost in our world of pandemic related lock downs and closures – I commenced looking for a means of shipping the bust by sea containers and enquired with business friends. With a stroke of luck, Mr Rajiv Sharma, of Aryan Trading, Importers of construction material from China, promised me that as and when shipments from China resumed, he would endeavour to ship the bust to The Gambia. I send his China office details to Venus – and within no time she had established contact with them.
In September 2020, Venus confirmed that they had packed the bust for a sea voyage and shipped the bust in a crate to Guangzhou, to Aryan trading’s contact. Rajiv confirmed that the bust was received, and they had soon loaded it into a container.