The Gambia observes 53rd Independence Anniversary in grand style

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Gambia on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, observed 53rd years of nationhood after it had gained independence from Britain in 1965.

The celebration was held at iconic McCarthy Square – a place that hosted the lowering of the Union Jack Flag – ending decades of British rule.

The 53rd anniversary was an enthusiastic moment in history as the country’s first president; Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara graced the occasion.

President Adama Barrow inspected the guard of honour, which was followed by a march past by the security personnel, school children and the civil society organisations.

The president delivered his keynote address, preaching peace and how it can contribute to our country’s new found democracy.

He further urged the school children to be steadfast in their studies so as to be professionals in future. He calls on teachers to instill discipline and values in students, the future of The Gambia.

Chief of Foni Bintang Karanai, Alfsainey Jarju said he was a boy when The Gambia gained its independence.

“We enjoyed education and recommended the former President Jawara to build standard at that time. Since 1965, things have been improving; we can see a brighter future.”

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez