Date of Birth: 11 November 1953
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Place of Birth: Basse Mansajang
Buba Sidiki Michael Baldeh, a figure deeply entrenched in Gambian politics and journalism, left a significant mark on the country's political landscape during his lifetime.
Born on 11 November 1953 in Basse Mansajang, Upper River Division, Gambia, Baldeh inherited a political legacy from his father, Michael Baldeh, who served as a member of the House of Representatives during the British colonial period. Baldeh's early career began with service to the district commissioner of Gambia from 1972 to 1977, followed by his appointment as project director for the Freedom From Hunger Campaign in 1977.
In 1982, Baldeh entered politics, winning election to the House of Representatives. Despite a brief ousting in 1985, he returned to serve another term starting in 1987. During his tenure, he held the position of secretary for the Ministry of Health in 1990 and later ascended to the role of Minister of Youth and Sports from 1992 to 1994, demonstrating his commitment to public service and youth development.
However, Baldeh's political journey faced tumult with the 1994 Gambian coup d'état, which brought Yahya Jammeh to power. Despite initially aligning himself with Jammeh's APRC party, his relationship with the party soured after his arrest by the National Intelligence Agency in 2004 on charges of forging evidence. Though he was eventually exonerated in June 2005, this event strained his ties with the APRC.
Following an attempted coup by Ndure Chum in 2006, Baldeh opted for exile in Senegal, where he lived until his passing in 2014. Throughout his time in exile, Baldeh remained a prominent figure, advocating for political change and democratic values in The Gambia.
Baldeh's legacy as a journalist and editor, as well as his contributions to Gambian politics, reflect his enduring commitment to public service and his unwavering dedication to the betterment of his country. Despite the challenges and controversies he faced throughout his career, Baldeh's impact on Gambian society and politics remains significant, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire generations.