There are many popular persons in The Gambia in many different fields such as politics, music, comedy and sports. Here is a list of some of them who are internationally known.
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara: He was among those who led The Gambia to independence from Great Britain in 1965 and served as its first president.
Yahya AJJ Jammeh: He was a former bodyguard to Sir Dawda before staging a coup that brought him to power in July 1994. Jammeh now lives in Equatorial Guinea after losing the presidential elections in December 2016.
Adama Barrow: He is the third president of The Gambia. Adama once worked as a security guard in England.
FatouBensouda: She is the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Jaha Dukureh: She is a women’s rights activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Jaha was recently nominated for this year’s Noble Peace Prize.
MaximBady: He is a UK-based comedian with more than three million Facebook followers. MaximBady is the richest Gambian comedian ever.
Modou Barrow: He is the first Gambian footballer to score a Premier League goal after bagging a contract with Swansea FC.
Jaysuma Saidy Ndure: He is a sprinter who became a Norwegian citizen in 2006. Jaysuma is one of the fastest persons to ever race for a European country.
Badou Jack: He is a boxer – born and brought up in Sweden, but chose to represent The Gambia at the 2008 Olympics. Badou is now a world champion.
Sona Jobarteh: She is the first known female kora player. Sona is an award-winning musician with millions of views on YouTube.
J Hus: He is right now the most talked-about rapper in England. J Hus’ debut album released last year was number 3 on the iTunes chart and number 6 on the UK Albums Chart.
Jaliba Kuyateh: Popularly known as the King of Kora, he is the most successful home-based Gambian musician. Jaliba has performed in many parts of the world.
Mustapha Njie: He is the owner of Taf Construction, which has branches in African countries such as Nigeria. Fondly known as Taf, he is among the richest men in the country.
Muhammed Jah: According to BBC, he made millions without a business plan. Muhammed is the owner of Q-Cell, Quantum Net, Espace Motors, Q-City and QTV.
Alieu Conteh: Based in DR Congo, Alieu is widely believed to be the richest Gambian with businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He holds 49% of Vodacom shares in Kinshasa.
Steve Trawally: He is one of the most recognised foreign footballers in China. Steve is worth millions of Dalasi.
Ebou Bah: Commonly known as Baba Ja, he is a popular US-based comedian. Some of his videos garnered millions of views on both YouTube and Facebook.
Serign Jobe: A former student of Gambia Senior Secondary School, Serign is a solutions engineering manager at Facebook.
Dr Tumani Corrah: He is the most recognised Gambian medical scientist. Dr Corrah was the director of the Medical Research Council in The Gambia.
Hassan Jallow: He is now The Gambia’s Chief Justice. Hassan was the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) from 2003 to 2015, and Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) from 2012 to 2016.
Bakary Papa Gassama: He became a Fifa referee in 2007. Papa is widely believed to be Africa’s best referee.