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Alhaji Momodou Lamin Bah

Imam of Banjul 1953-1983

Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba (Founder of Mouridism)

Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, or 'Serign Bamba' was born in 1853 into a family of Qa'dirī scholars from the line of Sheikh'Abdu'l-Qadir al-Jalana. Senegal, at the time, was under French colonial rule governing smaller kingdoms throughout the country...

Sheikh Umar Faye (1889-1959)

As narrated by grandson Imam Muhammad Muntagha Faye

Sheikh Al-Haj Umar Taal al-Futi

Sheikh al-Haj Umar Taal al-Futi (1796-1864), commonly known as Alhaji Umar Taal, was perhaps the most famous of all Tijani figures in the nineteenth century...

Ibrahim Niass (1900-1975) Shaykh al-‘Islam

Shaykh Ibrahim Niass (affectionately called by his followers as Baay ('father') Ñiass was born in 1900 in Tayba Ñaseen, Senegal....

Serign Mass Kah (1827-1936)

The saint from Niumi

Omar Bun Jeng

Even though he died about nineteen years ago, Omar Bun Jeng is still regarded as one of the most respected preachers to have come out of The Gambia...

Master Seni Sise

On Sunday 13 April 2014, Mr Seni Sise commonly known as 'Master' passed away after a brief illness. A native of Janjangbureh, Seni Sise was born in July 1931 to Mr Sanading Sise and Aja Satan Sanneh, both natives of Janjangbureh...

[Tribute]Louise Antoinette Njie (1922-2014)

Louise Antoinette Njie nee Mahoney, The Gambia's first woman cabinet minister and first female education officer, was born on 23 January 1922 in Banjul. She is also known as “Aunty Lou.” Her father, Sir John Mahoney, was the first Speaker of the Gambian Legislative Council in 1954, and her mother Hannah was the first Gambian woman to work as a clerk in the Government Secretariat in the 1910s. She died in 1974....

SoSHSA pays tribute to Dr Taal

The Social Science and Humanities Students Association of the University of The Gambia on Thursday organised a seminar to pay tribute to the late Dr Saja Taal, who died on April 3...

Tribute to Yulisa Amadu Maddy aka Pat Maddy, angry Sierra Leone playwright, novelist and actor (1936-2014)

Sierra Leone's most celebrated writer Yulisa Amadu Maddy aka Pat Maddy died on 16 March 2014 at the age of 77. With his demise, Sierra Leone has lost its equivalent of Soyinka, Brecht and Pope; an angry and recalcitrant writer, whose writings have been described as rebellious, sharp edged and liberating. Pat's 1973 novel No Past, No Present, No Future about a trio of deracinated African youth émigrés to USA, won numerous accolades and critical acclaim. For the trenchant yet veiled criticism in this work of neo-colonialism and especially the Siaka Stevens regime, Pat suffered a stint in jail in Freetown in the 1970s before he fled into exile....

Tributes paid after popular Bristol butcher dies on holiday in the Gambia

Queues stretched out of a Gloucester Road family butcher yesterday in honour of owner Dave Giles, who sadly passed away while on holiday last week. Shoppers laid flowers and delivered cards and messages to pay their respects to a warm and welcoming local trader in Bristol, England who was at the very heart of the community...

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