Gambia: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 4:11 am AFKI Original
Yahya Jammeh is the outgoing president of The Gambia. He is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa, since he took power through a military coup in 1994. Jammeh surprisingly lost to Adama Barrow in Thursday’s presidential poll. He however, shocked the world by conceding defeat, barely a month after he vowed to lead the tiny West African nation for a billion years. Below are ten things to know about Jammeh.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:24 am
Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s long-serving president conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, a former security guard at a British catalogue retailer, Argos, in the United Kingdom, in a shock turn of events in the tiny African nation days after Jammeh declared he would rule for ‘a billion years’. The unexpected concession by Jammeh ends his 22-year old stay in power, which he took through a military coup in 1994.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:16 am
Gambia blocked international calls, internet and demonstrations as the nation went into presidential poll on Thursday, fueling fears of violence and election fraud days after President Yahya Jammeh vowed to crush any demonstrations after the poll. Jammeh faces the sternest opposition since he took over power in a military coup in 1994, after a coalition of opposition parties joined hands to support Adama Barrow, a businessman based in the capital, Banjul.
Ann Brown, 8:12 am AFKI Original
A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneur Marcel Mutsindashyaka chose to use the media, not for revenge, but for peace building. His Rwandan media and IT company has helped restore unity in the country by engaging youth. It is now the second most popular news website in Rwanda. Mutsindashyaka was chosen to be in Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The experience “opened my mind from local to global perspective,” he told AFKInsider. “From this I realized that there is potential for the U.S. and Africa to collaborate for mutual benefit.”
Kevin Mwanza, 6:44 am
Gambia’s renowned wrestler, Ali Mbengu, died about a week ago after a boat he was in with other illegal immigrant trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea capsized. His death came only days after Fatim Jawar, Gambia’s women’s football team goalkeeper, died under similar circumstances. Mbengu, popularly called ‘Mille Franc’ (Thousand Franc) was trying to cross into Italy from Libya, two years after settling in the North African nation
Dana Sanchez, 5:52 pm
Ghana hasn’t had a national long-haul carrier since Ghana Airways, one of Africa’s oldest airlines, stopped flying in December 2015. Getting one will remove one of the stumbling blocks that prevented Accra from becoming a West African hub for air travel. There is no strong airline and no airport hub in West and Central Africa. Ghana made up for the absence of a strong carrier by issuing other airlines rights to carry passengers from Accra.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:37 am
Gambia, the home nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has announced its decision to withdraw from the Hague-based court. The tiny West African nation’s decision is likely to fuel fears of possible violence as it heads to presidential election in December, where President Yahya Jammeh is eyeing a fifth term in office after he scrapped presidential term limits.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
Blacks are getting squeezed out of the marijuana business all over the U.S., says Ron Jones, founder of Sons of Hemp. The organization gets its name from the Bena Riamba or “Sons of Hemp” who lived in equatorial West Africa in the 1800s. The Bashilenge tribe worshiped hemp and formed a religion around it. Although U.S. minorities use marijuana at about the same rate as whites, they get arrested and go to jail for it more often. Sons of Hemp sued Detroit and now it plans a cannabis school to help nurture cannabis startups.
Mark Rausch, 6:36 pm AFKI Original
After centuries of slave trade and British colonial rule, Nigeria was made a British protectorate in 1914, and the Seal of Solomon was raised — a green star on a red disk, representing the colony of Nigeria. In 1959, on the verge of independence, a national flag contest was announced. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a student living in London, beat out more than 3,000 contestants. On the day of autonomy, Oct. 1, 1960, the new flag was raised. Green represents forests and natural wealth. White represents peace.
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
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