Personality Behind the Name: The Man, Adama Barrow

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Gambia’s president elect Adama Barrow

The Independent Electoral Commission, IEC, on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 declared the Candidate of the Opposition Coalition, Mr Adama Barrow as winner in The Gambia presidential election of Thursday 1st December, 2016.

The president-elect was born in Mankama Kunda near Basse, The Gambia to an average Mandinka family. He had his early education at Koba Kunda Primary School in the Upper River Region and Crab Island Junior Secondary School in Banjul, from where he proceeded to Muslim High School, also in Banjul for his secondary education.

Thereafter, he was introduced to business by Alhaji Momodou Musa Njie. Njie, a native of Julangel in the Upper River Region, owned a company called Musa Njie and Sons. It is this Banjul-based businessman who saw Barrow through school. Barrow later took his search for quality education to the United Kingdom.

In 2006 the 51-year-old returned to The Gambia to set up his own real estate company. In the next ten years, Barrow worked hard to making a name for himself in the real estate industry. His hard work saw him close a lot of real estate deals.

Until he became president-elect, Barrow was an active member of the opposition United Democratic Party serving as deputy treasurer. In September this year, he became UDP’s flagbearer to contest the 01 December 2016 election.

In November 2016 Adama Barrow resigned from the UDP to lead a seven-party opposition coalition that had been newly formed to challenge Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh. His election as the coalition’s flagbearer came at a national convention. The president-elect has two wives and five children. He is a diehard Arsenal fan who also likes reading and travelling.

By Lamin Njie

 

 

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