There was a time when people used to swear on the nobility of their character and lineage and show pride in who they are and what they are proud of. Affirming ourselves and our values does not require a lecture, a simple statement like “Foro fulla ding’o/dormi gorr” are not just mere statements of pride… Continue reading A society in descent
When the United Democratic Party (UDP) first emerged on The Gambia’s political scene in the summer of 1996, the party made a declaration of their purpose and intent; restore democratic governance, install the rule of law and fight against the impending tyranny that comes with military rule. Alongside these commitments were detailed policy plans for… Continue reading UDP Attacks ‘Critics’
In recent years, there have been calls to change some terminologies such as “Mansa/N’gurr/lamdo” because their usage gives the wrong impression to folks on what the functions of public servants are. These terminologies referenced above are borrowed from the native Mandinka, Wolof, and Fulani dialects of the Gambia and are used in reference to presidents… Continue reading Cherreh wala mehw – Grains or milk?
In the aftermath of the 2021 election, there is no doubt in the minds of any sincere Gambian that we have never been more divided as a country than we are now. Or at the very least, the divisions have never been more pronounced than they currently are. And that should be concerning to all… Continue reading Our polarized nation
In 2016, Donald Trump officially entered the American Political scene with his famous Trump Tower unveiling. You will remember that speech where he set the tone for his agenda which was anti-immigrant. The now famous “Mexican rapists” line he never backed down from was the first take. What happened at the polls was a vote… Continue reading What next for The Gambia
The Gambia is a “sovereign republic” so says the constitution of the state. A nation state, according to Merriam Webster is “a form of political organization” inhabited by a “relatively homogenous people”. In essence, being subject to colonial exploitation, the nation state now called The Gambia, was carved out to create a political organization that… Continue reading The Gambia is not my tribe. It’s not your tribe either!
When President Adama Barrow received the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) report, he was visibly agitated at the notion that he was not likely to implement the recommendations made thereof. In reacting to that widely held notion, he touted himself as being more interested in the TRRC than anyone else because he set up… Continue reading When resentment wins
With a petition challenging the outcome of the 2021 elections waiting to be heard at the Supreme Court of The Gambia generating all kinds of ridiculous notions, perhaps a reflection on the past is in order for those who want to take a look at the bigger picture of what is at stake. UDP leadership… Continue reading UDP’s footprints across Gambia’s legal and political landscape
In its twenty five year history, each time the UDP gets abused or its rights violated, the party sought redress in the courts. In each of these instances, the courts' rulings exposed flaws and cracks in our supposed 'democratic' culture. In addition to that, the rulings did one of two thing; consolidate the rule of… Continue reading The bigger picture
History indeed could depend on who wrote it and what their goals are, but should it? There exists a class of citizens who view Hon. Darboe and the party he leads, the United Democratic Party (UDP) as a violent party; a cultist movement; and a sectarian party driven by nothing other than an entitlement to… Continue reading Usurping a narrative?