Meet The One Time Security Guard Who Has Become Gambia’s President-Elect

Perhaps this will not be one of those extreme rags to riches story, but Adama Barrow has an interesting story of his own humble beginnings.

On Friday, the unimaginable happened in Gambia’s politics. Jammeh, who had ruled Gambia for a stretch of 22 years, lost the election and conceded defeat, giving way and opportunity for another to take his place.

Adama is a politician from the United Democratic Party. He did his basic primary and secondary education in Gambia, and later obtained a scholarship to study abroad.

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While at it, Adama worked as a security guard at Argos catalogue store in north London, in order to raise funds for his fees and other utilities.

In 2006, he returned to Gambia to launch a Majum Real Estate of which he has remained the CEO .

The 51-year old property dealer tried his hands in politics, and emerged the flag bearer for the coalition of 7 opposition parties for the just concluded 2016 elections.

It was a hopeful yet shocking win that Adama, who has never held a public office, could beat Jammeh in a landslide.

The devout Muslim was born in 1965, in a small village near the market town of Basse in the east of the country.

During his campaign, Adama stressed the need for a change in Gambian leadership; calling his rival Jammeh, a “soulless dictator” who should be brought to book to pay for his crimes.

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“We will take the country back to the Commonwealth and the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

He went further to pledge the support for an independent judiciary, as well as increased freedom for the media and civil society.

Other campaign promises include: instilling respect for human rights; reviewing and amending of a two-term limit on the presidency.

Adama Barrow will be sworn-in in 3 months time. Gambia finds it remarkable that this will be the first peaceful transition of power since the nation’s independence in 1965