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The ‘Light up a village’ project and the Kumpo of Kanuma

When Ram Mohan from ComAfrique InteliZon Initiative invited all the bloggers on the #BlogGambia press trip to visit the village of Kanuma I thought this would be a great introduction to The Gambia, especially as Ram was organising a Kumpo for us. The Kumpo is a character from the West African Jola tribe’s mythology. Despite […]

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Jola Festival by Kathryn Burrington

Gambian Initiation Ceremonies

Today we’d like to feature another article by Rhiannon Lewis who has writen a number of posts for our blog including The Fathala reserve in Senegal and A sense of community. Here Rhiannon talks about the initiation ceremony that boys in The Gambia take part in. Each tribe may have its own nuances to the ceremony but there are many common […]

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Jola Festival, 2007

We were invited by the Camarra family to a very important event – the initiation of their sons. This is part of a large Jola festival with Jolas – an ethnic group present in The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau – from across The Gambia (and beyond) gathering together.

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