Banjul Gambia Culture
The small West African country of Gambia enjoys one of the highest cultural diversity in the West African region. Due to its size, it has a diverse culture, due to the many ethnic groups living in the country. It is also true that, despite this cultural integration, each ethnic group has its own customs, traditions and other practices.
Ethnic groups in Gambia look at them in detail and try to see how the people of the country live in their own way. There are cultural elements, probably of every ethnic group, that are part of a cultural fusion that is taking place. We will look at Gambia as a nation from a cultural perspective and try to see the different cultures of the people who live in that country and their customs.
There are many ethnic groups in the country, each with its own unique traditions and values. The Gambia's National Troupe is made up of all ethnic groups and their musical repertoire is made up of each of them. We will look at some of the different cultural elements of Mandinka, Mende and Guinean, representing different parts of their cultures. If you are a Mendes from Guinea and become part of the traditional society of Mandinka, you become Mandinkas, as if you had become a member of another group of people, such as the Mandinas or the Gueckes.
The history of each of these peoples is inextricably linked to colonial history, as is shown in the case of Gambia. We are dealing with colonial times and their impact on the cultural and ethnic identity of our peoples.
Therefore, it is almost impossible for me to write about it, as the reader will discover through facts and discourse. For this book is as much about the history of the colonial history of Gambia as it is about its cultural history. African culture and cultural creativity, which was hindered by colonial rule and its impact on our culture and ethnic identity in general.
There is no pure tribe or ethnic group, and the existence of tribes and different ethnic groups is due to the presence of different cultures, traditions, languages, religions and ethnicities in the country.
The nation is defined by multiculturalism, with ethnic harmony being the general rule, given that Gambia is considered the most diverse nation in Africa and the world with the highest number of different ethnicities and cultures. With ethnicity, language and religion, it cannot be the exception, but rather the norm.
I also know that most traditional people in Gambia are stuck in their tribal beliefs, even though most are Muslim. Islam unites all the people of Gambia and I feel like a member of a Wolof ethnic group, just like my fellow Gambians.
The people of Gambia share many cultural patterns, although each ethnic group has its own cultural traditions, traditions and traditions. Unity and diversity are the defining features of Nepalese and Indian society, and so I am a member of both the Wolof and the Gambian communities, but not both at the same time.
The culture is essentially Malinke, that is of African origin, although it combines foreign elements, including Islam. The acus have lived in Gambia since the early Middle Ages, probably 10,000 years ago. Although most of them are Christians, they are Muslims, though they bear "European" names due to foreign influences, including freed slaves who settled in Gambia and Sierra Leone and were brought back to Africa.
The European influence is still "European": Saidykhan, Saidyleigh and Saidyjah are originally Fula, and many are Mandinkas, which is the culture with which they identify. Wolof culture sees social customs in the villages, but these customs have faded due to increasing urbanization, although they are still practiced in some rural communities in Gambia.
Christianity is an anomaly in Gambia and stands in sharp contrast to Islam, which is at home in Gambia and many parts of Africa. Christianity is often equated with Western civilisation and even colonialism and imperialism, as it helped to pave the way for the colonisation of Africa. Islam is considered an integral part of Mandinka culture, because it has existed there for so long. Its counterpart, Christianity, is a religion that is not as important as its counterpart, Islam, Christianity in the Middle East and Africa, although Islam is native to Gambia and many parts of Africa. Compared to other African countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana, the Gambia adheres strictly to Sharia law.
It is probably no exaggeration to say that Gambia has had a cultural fusion since the British founded the country. Gambians feed on this fusion, as Katharina Schramm (2007) observed in Ghana.
Centuries of intermingling, including intermarriage, have also led to many aspects of tribal culture taking on a national character. In this respect, there is no guarantee that the Gambian national culture will be the sum of all ethnic cultures. It was never intended that different ethnic groups would form a homogeneous whole, but ethnic differences in identity were not eliminated.