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National Anthem of Gambia

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Lyrics:
"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
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."

Origins:
Gambia FlagThere 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 song.

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"

National Pledge:
"It is the combination of Government 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 our collective.

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."
 
 
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