Adama Barrow

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Adama Barrow (2018)

Adama Barrow GCRG (born February 15, 1965 in Mansajang Kunda ) is a Gambian businessman, politician of the National People's Party and President of Gambia . His inauguration took place on February 18, 2017; it was initially delayed by his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh , after the 2016 presidential election .

education and profession

Barrow was born in the village of Mansajang Kunda near Basse in the Fulladu East District . He first attended Koba Kunda Primary School and Crab Island Secondary School in the capital, Banjul , before receiving a scholarship to the Muslim High School . After graduating, he worked as a sales representative for Alhagie Musa & Sons . He then lived in London for a few years in the early 2000s , where he earned a degree in real estate and worked as a security guard in a department store to finance his studies.

Barrow returned to The Gambia after graduating. In 2006 he founded Majum Real Estate and has been its Chief Executive Officer ever since.

In several interviews he described himself as an avowed workaholic .

Political career

For the 2016 presidential election, Barrow was selected by a coalition of seven opposition parties to stand up against long-time autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh , who came to power in a coup in 1994 and was elected president in 1996. Long-time opposition leader Ousainou Darboe was not allowed to run because he was serving a prison sentence from April 2016. Barrow was then a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP). According to a letter of intent negotiated between all opposition parties, Barrow only wanted to take office as transitional president for three years if he won the election.

In the election on December 1, 2016, Barrow surprisingly won against Jammeh, who admitted his defeat on election night. Jammeh withdrew the recognition a few days later due to "irregularities in the electoral process" and warned the population against protests against his decision.

When Yahya Jammeh did not resign on January 19, 2017, the last day of his term in office, Senegalese troops, supported by military units from other West African countries, marched into Gambia to force the transfer of power. On the same day, Barrow was sworn in as the new president in the Gambian embassy in Senegal and at a press conference called on the Gambian armed forces to lay down their arms and recognize him as the legitimate president. Violations would be considered a "rebellion". On January 20, Jammeh finally resigned from office and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea . After Barrow took his oath of office in the Gambian embassy in Senegal in mid-January 2017, he was officially inaugurated on February 18, 2017 near the capital Banjul , the Independence Stadium .

In the course of 2019, Barrow announced that he wanted to remain president for the full five-year term instead of the announced three years, which led to disputes within the coalition. In late 2019, Barrow founded the National People's Party (NPP), of which he is chairman and secretary.

Barrow's revocation of the official levy also led to protests within civil society. The Three Years Jotna movement carried out protests and demonstrations with several thousand participants on December 16, 2019.

Private life

Barrow has two wives and five children. On March 20, 1997, he married Fatoumatta Bah . They have a son, Mamadou Barrow, and a daughter, Taibou Barrow. Barrow married another woman , Sarjo Mballow-Barrow. Analogous to the previous President Yahya Jammeh , Barrow determined that only his first wife should take on the role of first lady .

His eight-year-old son Habibu Barrow died on January 15, 2017 from dog bites. Barrow was unable to attend the funeral prior to assuming his presidency due to the unstable situation.

In 1988 Barrow was deported from Germany after his asylum application was rejected.

Barrow's father is Mandinka , his mother is Fulbe , he grew up in a Fulbe village. He speaks Fulfulde ; his wives are also Fulani. He is a practicing Sunni Muslim.

Awards and honors

  • 2020 ex officio as President: the Grand Master of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia (GMRG) this title, the Grand Master or Grand Master , includes the Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of The Gambia (GCRG) and all lower levels of the order.

See also

Web links

Commons : Adama Barrow  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. There are several information on Barrow's birthday on the web, in addition to the 15th, February 16, 1965 and February 11, 1965. The President's environment in the State House confirms February 15, 1965.

Individual evidence

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  10. Momodou Jarju: Gambia: Tambajang Declines to Detail 'Leaked Info' of Coalition MOU Meeting. May 10, 2019, accessed on January 11, 2020 .
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  13. Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result. BBC News, December 10, 2016, accessed December 10, 2016 .
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  15. ^ Gambia celebrates taking office from Barrow. ( Memento from February 19, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Tageblatt , February 18, 2017.
  16. ^ The Gambia: President Barrow sworn in at packed stadium. BBC News, February 18, 2017, accessed the same day. (English)
  17. ^ President Barrow to remain Gambia's leader for full tenure. Retrieved January 11, 2020 (American English).
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  20. Nelson Manneh, Kebba Mamburay: Gambia: Protesters Demand President Barrow Honors Coalition Agreement. December 18, 2019, accessed on January 11, 2020 .
  21. ^ From estate agent to Gambian president . In: BBC News . 2017 ( [accessed November 14, 2018]).
  23. ^ Peace FM Online: Meet The Wives Of New Gambian President Adama Barrow. Retrieved January 13, 2019 .
  24. F. Mbaye: Barrow confirms first wife will be country's first lady. Retrieved January 13, 2019 (UK English).
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  26. ^ The Gambia: Coaltion impediments and opportunities: a braod autopsy. dated November 7, 2016, accessed January 20, 2017
  27. ^ From estate agent to Gambian president . In: BBC News . 2017 ( [accessed November 14, 2018]).
  28. Chancery confers "Grand Master" insignia on President Barrow., 2020, accessed February 17, 2020 (American English).
  29. Pa Nderry Mbai: President Barrow to be conferred National Honor (GCRG). In: 2020, accessed February 17, 2020 (American English).