The Gambia is a country encircled by another country,which is Senegal.These two countries share a lot of similarities in terms of culture and language and is also called Senegambia.Senegal recently celebrated their 53rd Indepence on 4th April 2013.I would like to wish all Senegalese a happy belated Independence .
The capital of Senegal, Dakar, is the westernmost point in Africa. The country surrounds Gambia on three sides and is bordered on the north by Mauritania, on the east by Mali, and on the south by Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.The British took parts of Senegal at various times, but the French gained possession in 1840 and made it part of French West Africa in 1895. In 1946, together with other parts of French West Africa, Senegal became an overseas territory of France.
They gained independence on 4th April 1960 and have played a prominent role in African politics since its independence. As a black nation that is more than 90% Muslim, Senegal has been a diplomatic and cultural bridge between the Islamic and black African worlds. Senegal has also maintained closer economic, political, and cultural ties to France than probably any other former French African colony.
Senegal’s first president, Léopold Sédar Senghor, towered over the country’s political life until his voluntary retirement in 1981.Since then he paved the way for a democratic Senegal others coming into power such as Abdou Joof,Abdoulie Wade and the Current President Macki Sallah.
Wishing Senegal and Gambia a continued peace between our two countries and many more celebrations to come.