Sheikh Omar Fye (politician, 1889)

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Sheikh Omar Fye , also Sheikh Omar Faye (* 1889 in Bathurst ; † 1959 ) was a Gambian politician who was active in the British colony of Gambia from the early 1920s to the Second World War .

Political life

Bathurst constituency and St. Mary's Combo
General election be right Voting share
1947 000000000001018.00000000001,018 31.86%

Fye, a member of the Wolof ethnic group , was the representative of a European trading company in Bathurst, as the capital Banjul was still called at the time. He fought for a long time for the right to representation in the Legislative Council of the Muslim community in Bathurst and competed with Ousman Jeng , who also wanted to be appointed to the Legislative Council. Fye, a Tijani supporter, has been supported over the years by the Muslim Juma Society , led by Momadu Jahumpa , which eventually enabled him to join the Legislative Council in 1932. When in 1937 the renewal of membership in the council was due, Jeng had made peace with the opponents within the Muslim community and found in Edward Francis Small an ally in Christian society. Despite the broader support, the colonial government was not ready to appoint Jeng to the council because of the connection with Small. Fyes' membership in the council was extended. Under the colonial government of Sir Hilary Blood , Fye's term of office was extended by another two years in March 1942, as no suitable younger candidate was available.


Fye was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1947 .


Sheikh Omar Fye is the grandfather of Sheikh Omar Fye , who was a participant in the 1984 Olympic Games and Minister for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs ( State for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs ) from 2006 to 2007 .

Notes and evidence

  1. English Sheikh = German  Sheikh is not a Muslim religious title here, but is used as a first name.
  2. ^ Arnold Hughes, Harry A. Gailey: Historical dictionary of the Gambia Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1999., ISBN 0-8108-3660-2
  3. ^ Arnold Hughes, David Perfect: A Political History of The Gambia, 1816-1994 (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora) University of Rochester Press, 2006, ISBN 1-58046-230-8