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Gambia Set to Drop English as Official Language

gambia presidentGambia’s president said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country’s language from English to a local language.

“We no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language. We should speak our language,” President Yahya Jammeh said during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia’s new chief justice that aired on state-run Gambia Television Services on Friday.

He added, “The British did not care about education, that means they were not practicing good governance. All they did was loot and loot and loot.”

The announcement comes months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, saying it would “never be a member of any neo-colonial institution.”

The United Kingdom recently warned its citizens of rising anti-British rhetoric from the president, who last year accused the former colonial power and the United States of organizing coup attempts in the West African nation. The allegations were denied.

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12 thoughts on “Gambia Set to Drop English as Official Language

  1. There's nothing else to be said after this right here:

    “We no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language. We should speak our language…The British did not care about education, that means they were not practicing good governance. All they did was loot and loot and loot.” -President Yahya Jammeh

  2. Ademola Fadipe says:

    Good move especially the leaving commonwealth part. Hopefully more African countries will follow.

  3. THIS IS A MAN THAT IS AWARE WE MUST CHART A NEW COURSE.

  4. CONTRAST HIS ACTIONS TO BARBADOS SPENDING ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO ENTERTAIN THE SLAVING FAMILY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. CHALK & CHEESE, A MAN & A MOUSE.

  5. I hope all African nations do the same as gambia, lets go Africa get the work done….please.

  6. Susan Murphy says:

    The preisdent is a wise and brave man,but we all know what happens to couragous leaders, The cowardly western leaders have them killed,or make up some lies and use their farce of a court,the icc. Or they use the crazy, murderous arabs to do their bidding, Gambians watch over your president.

  7. Countries are only as independent as they are allowed to be. Elections, and mandates are generally only valid when the international community (read "big western nations") allow them to be.

  8. John Kinch says:

    We are now in a new era of understanding and it is clear that colonialism was a rape,murder and pilage of all across the globe especially Africa.All countries flying the flag of the Commonwealth of Britain should follow in this great man's lead and break away from our enslavers. The blatant lie,Commomwealth:They are wealthy we are commoners.The UN does nothing for None White governing countries besides wage wars.It is time to unite along other geo political lines.

  9. All praise is due President Yahya Yammeh. He is right about the west wanting to overthrow him. African people all over the world, should pay attention ro what has happened in many African countries, and what is happening today. It is the same thing, as when they first came to Africa, if they could not control the leaders they killed them, and scared others to go along with what they wanted, round up your people for us, and you will be rewarded. That is how this lie got started, telling us our people sold us into slavery, and they are doing it today, giving many Africa countries aid, and allowing these leaders to get away with stealing the money that is suppose to be for the people The people finally realize what is happening, and they are putting strong black leaders in place who is willing to stand up to the west, including US. That is why they hate President Mugabe, of Zimbabwe. They need to get rid of Zuma of South Africa, and stop these leaches from continuing to steal their resources.

  10. Thomas Glover not anymore sir. Those days are gone. Africa doesnt care what the west thinks.

  11. Thomas Glover not anymore sir. Those days are gone. Africa doesnt care what the west thinks.

  12. Reading some of these comments here it tells me clearly that most people of African outside of the continent cannot distinguish between reality, progress and pure chauvinism. Yes, it would have been an ideal thing if Gambia and every other African country uses its local languages, but touting Yaya Jammeh who is now twenty years into his leadership of the Gambia as a progressive is insulting to us forward looking Gambians. I am interested in knowing what Atlanta Black Star's stand is on this news of Jammeh grand standing to anti colonialist sentiments.

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