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The meaning of independence

Feb 17, 2010, 1:22 PM | Article By: blessings, independence, February, government, annivesary

The 18th of February is Gambia's Independence Day, a day that most Gambians celebrate for many reasons.

On this special occasion, it is important that we ask ourselves, as a nation, what is the significance and the meaning of this day?

The Meaning of Independence Day has not changed. 

The term independence is often used in contrast to colonial occupation, which refers to the subjection of a territory to the political and military control of an external government. Independence, therefore, means the self-government of a nation, country or state by its citizens.

Independence Day marks the given date when a country achieved sovereignty.

Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence should be the primary reason for the remembrance.  Other than historically conscious traditionalists that understand the nature of the Republic, few perceive the real purpose of the founding of The Gambia. 

The Gambia's Independence was gained from an external monarchy.

It was the day Gambia was declared to be a free sovereign and independent state. On this day, the colonial masters declared that they that have relinquished all claims to the government and territory of the same, and every part thereof, to the rightful owners.

The 18th of February is not a government anniversary.  It is a time to remember that independence is the spirit and the soul of the nation.

It is a day that should be used to reflect on what kind of a Gambian you are, and what are your contributions to nation-building. This day is yours if you know who you are, and what you should be . . .

It is also valuable to remember and pray for the people who endeavoured for this independence, and think of ways to improve our situation.

"The first of earthly blessings, independence."

Edward Gibbon