The Gambia



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Capital: Banjul

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Adama Barrow


  • Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts.
  • About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood and the sector provides for about one-third of GDP.
  • In 2011, tourism contributed about one-fifth of GDP.

Population: 2,092,731 (2018)

Land Size: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mandinka: 42%
  • Fula: 18%
  • Wolof: 16%,
  • Jola: 10%
  • Serahuli: 9%
  • Other: 4%)
  • Non-African: 1% (2003 census)

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 8%
  • African Indigenous Religions: 2%


  • English (official)
  • Mandinka
  • Wolof
  • Fula
  • other indigenous vernaculars



  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: COVID-19 Suppresses Creative, Cultural Sector - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] The creative and cultural sector in The Gambia has become boring and suppressed by covid-19, a pandemic that warranted partial and total lockdown in some countries worldwide.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: 12 Arrested for Smuggling Goods Outside Gambia - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Operatives of the Anti Crime Unit (ACU) of the Gambia Police Force (GPF) have arrested scores of people for smuggling essential food commodities outside The Gambia.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Tribute to O.B. Conateh - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] "INNA LILLAAHI wa INNA ILAIHI RAJEOON [We Belong to ALLAH and onto ALLAH We Shall Return]. Our beloved Gambia has lost an Illustrious Son! Alhaj O.B. Conateh [FISCO] has Passed-on! You will be sorely missed, Koto Boto (of Zigoza)-- the Zigoza boys: Fisco, Pa Cham, Nurainu Carew, Abou Denton, Tapha Ngum-- to name but a few. They were my Kotos. I looked up to these Notable Banjul personalities as my mentors, growing up in Banjul!
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Karmic Angels Donates Football Gears to Kotu Quarry Academy - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Karmic Angels, a long time charitable organisation run by Stephanie and Alan Turner from the UK since 2008 has recently shipped a consignment of medications, creams, child clothing, football kits and footballs to The Gambia.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: JTGA Donates Sanitary Materials to CRR Security Institutions - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Janjanbureh Tourists Guard Association (JTGA), in partnership with the European Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and Janjanbureh Foundation recently donated sanitary materials to security institutions in the Central River Region (CRR).