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
Towards the common good,
And join our diverse peoples
To prove man's brotherhood.
We pledge our firm allegiance,
Our promise we renew;
Keep us, great God of nations,
To The Gambia ever true."
is some argument over who wrote the actual words and music
of the national anthem. The music is said to be based on the
Gambian Kora music
of Foday Kabba Dumbuya. It is said that the anthem was written
by Virginia Julie Howe and adapted (composed) by Jeremy Frederick
Howe for the traditional Mandinka
Some have said that it was the father of Marcel Thomasi, the
previous head of the Information Department who wrote the
words to the anthem as well as designed the Gambian national
flag we know today.
The Country's Motto
"Progress, Peace and Prosperity"
"It is the combination of
and people working together in unison and harmony,
That still lead us to achieve the progress that we all desire.
We must stand together as one people with one goal and move
forward as one nation.
For if we insist on pursuing our personal goals without keeping
Objectives and responsibilities in mind,
Then indeed we shall fall. Let us renew these promises we
made to ourselves and to our
Country at the time of independence
as enshrined in our National Anthem."