For The Gambia Our Homeland

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For The Gambia Our Homeland
Alternative title لغامبيا وطننا
Title in German For Gambia, our homeland
country GambiaGambia Gambia
Usage period since 1965
text Virginia Julie Howe
melody Jeremy Frederick Howe

For The Gambia Our Homeland ( Arabic لغامبيا وطننا) is the national anthem of Gambia , composed by Jeremy Frederick Howe and written by his wife Virginia Julie Howe. It is based on the traditional Mandinka song Foday Kabba Dumbuya and was adopted in 1965 when the Gambia became independent.

Foday Kabba Dumbuya led jihad against the traditionally religious Soninke . He was caught and killed in 1901 by the colonial power, the United Kingdom .

English text

For the Gambia, our homeland,
we strive and work and pray.
That all may live in unity,
freedom and peace each day.
Let justice guide our actions
to work man's common good,
and join our diverse people,
to proof man's brotherhood.
We pledge our firm allegiance,
our promise we renew.
Keep us, great God of nations,
to the Gambia ever true.

German translation

For Gambia, our fatherland,
we strive, work and pray
that everyone
can live in unity, freedom and peace every day .
Let justice guide our actions to
create the common good of humanity
and unite our diverse peoples
to show human brotherhood.
We pledge
our loyalty, we renew our promises.
Great God of Nations, let us
always be loyal to Gambia.

See also


  • Paulla A. Ebron: Performing Africa. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ u. a. 2002, ISBN 0-691-07489-5

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