Yesterday we came together to celebrate our independence. We rejoiced at the anniversary of our release from the rule of the colonial power who had for so many years exploited our people and drawn borders where borders never existed before. We as a nation can often look at the colonial period of our history as a purely negative thing but in reality we must now focus on one positive and that is the creation of The Gambia. The borders which contain this proud nation today were created in that time so in fact we must thank the British for in fact creating this wonderful nation where we reside today. The
We pray that only good things lie ahead for us here in The Gambia. Long Live peace, long live friendship and long live The Gambia!
"The first of earthly blessings, independence."