Category: History

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

Year 1738 A freed Mandinka slave in the person of Lahamin Jay arrived in Gambia in 1738 whose freedom was petitioned by Job Ben Solomon or Job Jallow, himself a freed Fulani slave whose father was a respected person in Bundu. When Lahamin Jay arrived in Gambia, he joined Job in Bundu. Job Jallow was…

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

Even though we have passed the 1850s, I just thought it necessary to provide the names of the Mandinka people who signed or witnessed two very important historical events namely the acquisition of the Ceded Mile from the King of Niumi and the Kombo St Mary’s.   November 18, 1850 This scene I am about…

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

Year 1840 (continued) Destination Niumi. The scene we are looking at is the arrival of about 700 Sarahule mercenaries brought in to the kingdom at the request of Mansa Demba Sonko, King of Niumi who hired them to maintain order and to exact taxes on the kingdom’s rebellious eastern border. (see Quinn, pp27). The Sarahule…

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

Captain History: Flight Attendants prepare cabin for takeoff. Chief Flight Attendant Time: Please put your seat in an upright position. The captain has also switched on the seatbelt sign. Buckle up until he turns off the seatbelt sign and then you are free to roam about the cabin. Captain History: My name is Captain History…

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

Sundiata died in 1255 and from then onwards his successors assumed the title of Mansa and the empire continued to expand until 1670 (after 435 years of existence) when internal struggles rendered the empire susceptible to secessions and revolts with the Songhai Empire being a major benefactor of the squabbles. One of his famous descendants…

‘Mandinka is not a tribe and before 1864, there were no  Mandinka speaking people in Gambia’ says Jammeh – My response

We have looked at how we likely got the name Gambia and also that there never was a land called Gambia in its present form, let alone prior to colonialism. Therefore, when we are arguing about timelines especially historical ones in relation to events that happened prior to when the Protectorate Ordinance was passed allowing…