The Gambian community in Washington State yesterday celebrated almost 60 years of independence from the United Kingdom.
Washington State hosts thousands of Gambian immigrants with their families.
In his marquee address, the president of Gambian association Sura Sumareh stated:
“It’s been 58 years since Gambia got free from the toxic British colonization and exploitation.
I hereby pay glowing tribute to the likes of Sir Farimang Singhateh, I.M. Garba Jahumpa, P.S. Njie, Sir Dawda Jawara and all those, who put their lives on the line to make sure that the country attains its independence”.
While paying tribute to the courage of Gambian immigrants who left the familiar terrain of home to seek opportunities and remake themselves in a foreign land; he recognized their contributions across a vast array of industries including health care, science and technology,among others.
Also speaking, Lamin Juwara underlined the importance of the occasion as an opportunity to bring the burgeoning Gambian diaspora together. This, he added, will inculcate Gambian culture in the young and growing.
The event was characterized by colorful display of cultural attire and dance to showcase the richness of Gambian culture.