The Gambia, smallest state in Africa, celebrated its tenth anniversary of independence in a big way last week.
The Gambia, smallest state in Africa, celebrated its tenth anniversary of independence in a big way last week. Representatives of a number of African nations, including President Ould Daddah from Mauritania, were in the capital, Banjul for the week of festivities.
The pace and way of life in The Gambia has altered little since her colonial days. The country is led by the President, Sir Dawda Jawara. It is one of the few African countries which is not under military rule and apart from Botswana is the only one with a functioning opposition party represented in Parliament. But the opposition, the United Party, has had its troubles recently and the flair has gone from Gambian politics.
President Jawara is known to be in favour of some form of integration with neighbouring Senegal, and perhaps even a loose association with Guinea on the southern border. The Gambia draws 95 percent of its export earnings from groundnuts. The Gambians know the problems of a one crop economy, but with a great deal of the small nation taken up by the Gambia River diversification would not be easy, but projects are underway. One of the major developments being looked at by the Government is to find uses for groundnut shells. Fertiliser and roofing material are two already known uses. Now the other major foreign revenue earner being developed is tourism.