Essays On The Gambia

Defying Dictatorship

Essays on Gambian Politics, 2012 - 2017

Galleh Jallow

Publication Year: 2017

Defying Dictatorship is an illuminating account of the nature and patterns of the 22-year autocratic rule of a former Gambian leader - Yahya Jammeh. In these pacy and pungent essays, the author exudes optimism in the redemptive power of knowledge to liberate The Gambia from the vice-like grip of tyranny and usher in an era of national renewal marked by liberty and egalitarianism.

Published by: African Books Collective

PART ONE - THE MANY FACES OF DICTATORSHIP. The more you look, the less you see

PART TWO - PEOPLE POWER. The turning tide

7. Fighting with himself: Jammeh versus his colonial mentality

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pp. 24-27

8. Yahya Jammeh and the colonial legacy

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pp. 28-30

15. Open letter to President Jammeh: On living by Mandela’s legacy

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pp. 54-57

16. Why Deyda’s killers are still at large

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pp. 58-60

17. Gambia: Why Sharia is not an option

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pp. 61-64

19. Intellectuals and the African Condition

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pp. 69-74

22. Dollar Power: Jammeh’s sinister plan for a single party state

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pp. 82-83

24. Why America works and Gambia not...

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pp. 89-92

30. Open Letter to President Jammeh: On granting amnesty to the Gambian Diaspora

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pp. 114-117

33. God is not to blame. Some talking points for our alternative leadership

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pp. 127-131

34. For Jammeh, God is yet to speak

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pp. 132-134

35. Big renaissance in little Gambia

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pp. 135-137

42. Beyond the politics of nation-building

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pp. 163-166

46. Why we need a truth and reconciliation commission

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pp. 178-181

Conclusion. Towards a government by the people

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pp. 182-185

E-ISBN-13: 9789983953510
E-ISBN-10: 998395351X
Print-ISBN-13: 9789983953527

Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 2017

OCLC Number: 1001349570
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The Gambia

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The Gambia, translated from the French La Gambia was first colonized by Portugal in 1445 on what was later named St. Mary’s Island. Subsequently, the area was visited by France and later, Britain who began to build strong trading posts along it’s western shores. In the 1700’s The Gambia was proclaimed to be part of Britain. By 1969 The Gambia became a republic within the British commonwealth of nations. In 1982 it was declared a republic in what was later declared the Senegambian conference. The Gambia stated its independence from Britain and the Province of Senegal. The Gambia then established The People’s Progressive Party led by, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara , until the change of government in 1994. Today The Gambia lives under a multi-party system. The Constitution of the Second Republic of The Gambia provides elections by making everyone over the age of 18 pay suffrage. Every five years the people elect 45 candidates that make up the county’s National Assembly. Four parties made up the 1996 elections. The Alliance for Patriotic Re- Orientation and Construction (APRC), The United Democratic Party (UDP), The National Reconciliation Party (NRP), and The People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS). On October 18, 1996 Yahya Jammeh (ADRC) won 56% of the votes to become the new president of The Gambia. The flag consist of three horizontal stripes. From top to bottom they are: red, blue, then green. Sorry I couldn’t get a color print on the flag pictured below. TOPOGRAPHY: The Gambia is a long narrow country focusing around the central river that gave them their name. The Gambia river is 300 miles long inside The Gambia and is about 3 miles wide at most points. The Gambia has a total land area of 4,000 miles. It is relatively flat with few mountains and has an inward sloping bowl shape from where the Gambia river once covered. The Gambia river opens into the ocean at the western most tip of The Gambia. The capital, Banjul, is located near the inlet to the river and is a very large city with many tourist attractions and shops to buy stuff in. The Gambia is located completely within the county of Senegal from which it won it’s independence. The river is navigable up to 241km inland. After that point is impossible to further follow the river without the aid of a specialized boat for such a trip.

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