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Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara

Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara



Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, is a hero, an icon, a peacemaker. This legend led Mainland Africa’s smallest country, the Gambia to independence in 1965 ending the British rule that began in 1888. His name Kairaba means Peace in the Mandika language and this had great impact on his personal and public life. We Africans are proud of our great leaders and  the Gambia has produced number of such men who have made impact on the youth of the Gambia, We salute you Kairaba Jawara. His biography is a celebration of peace and success and we are grateful that a man like this once lived among the people of Africa

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Early Beginnings

Jawara was born May 16, 1924 as David Kairaba Jawara in the small town of Barajally  to Mamma Fatty and Almami Jawara. His father, a prosperous Mandinka farmer, selected him from among his six sons as best fitted for education and sent him to the local Islamic primary school. In 1945, after graduating from the Methodist Boys’ High School in the capital city of Bathurst (now Gambia High School), Jawara went to Ghana to study science at Achimota College for two years before departing for Scotland and the University of Glasgow to gain a degree in veterinary surgery.

In 1954 the young man came home to take an appointment as the government’s animal physician. He spent most of his working hours in the rural areas of the Protectorate where agricultural disease control programs were sorely needed.

Jawara’s leisure time was spent in Bathurst. Deeply interested in politics, he joined the newly-established

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