July - December 1997

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This is what previous visitors to The Gambia Resource Page have written:

Monday, December 29, 1997 at 20:40:13 (EST)
Samba Mballow
Raleigh, NC USA
New Year (1998) greetings to all those who visit this page

Thursday, December 18, 1997 at 14:07:15 (EST)
Bill Retherford
Houston, TX U.S.A.
You have done a great job! Going through this site has made me very homesick. Do you want some pictures of the NorthBank?

Wednesday, December 17, 1997 at 06:00:40 (EST)
Ms D. Fransman
Windhoek, Namibia
The information provided is very interesting.

Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 10:42:44 (EST)
Latifah Jannah
Montclair, NJ USA
Between 1970 and 1975 I lived in Boston, Mass. I became involved in Pan-African Culture and met many Brothers and Sisters from the Continent. Two that I remember well were from The Gambia: Momodou Ceesay, an artist, and Minkalou Janneh, everybody's friend, fondly remembered as "Minx".
My former husband, Claude Livingston, played drums and flute with these brothers in a dance company. In 1974 We accepted
Islam and changed our names, using a different spelling of Janneh. When I last heard from Momodou he was on his way out
west, and Minkalou was in New York City. A few years ago I
contacted the Gambian Mission at the U.N. to see if they had
any information of their whereabouts. I did get an address for minkalou in Banjul, but did not get a reply. If anyone knows where.they are and how they are doing, I would appreciate the information. Thanks, and I enjoyed all the great information.

Sunday, December 07, 1997 at 14:30:39 (EST)
Astrid Christensen
Wheaton, MD USA or
Very interesting, refreshing and unique site. Keep up the good work!

Saturday, December 06, 1997 at 05:35:52 (EST)
tor blaha
Bergen, Noirway
I like the site. it\s good for me and I have many friends
in Gambia.
I hopoe there will be an internet cafe in Gambia, so we can write to some in Gambia.
Keep the good work there.
Yours Tor.

Friday, December 05, 1997 at 20:08:12 (EST)
Paul C Mendy
Lethbridge, AB Canada
I am a proud Gambian studying in the beautiful and peacful country called Canada. Once on a while, I do cruise the net to look for informantion about my beloved country, The Gambia. I left home since June 1995 when I graduated from Saint Augustine's High School. I found government of The Gambia Homepage but the stuff in there is never up-to-date. I was wondering if you guys would be able to send me more recent information about the country? I defintely enjoyed cruising through this site. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 04, 1997 at 14:17:54 (EST)
Peter Bradbrook
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Tuesday, December 02, 1997 at 14:12:06 (EST)
Lawrie Phipps
Plymouth, UK
Very impressed with the site, my wife and I are going to the Gambia in February for a Birding/wildlife trip. Any additional info would be most welcome.

Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 19:59:00 (EST)
Peter Peters
The Hague, NL The Netherlands
I liked very much, to discover that there is so much information about this country,which I discovered on TV about 6 years ago, and just now, November '97,visited.
It was just a discovery for me, the country so poor, but so rich in friendly people, that I'm sure for a fact to return very soon. Altough just as a tourist, I made several friends, with whom I stay in touch and try to assist in a modest way

Thursday, November 20, 1997 at 23:25:25 (EST)
ebrima k. bah
east point, ga u. s. a.
i am happy to be with my fellow Gambians. i am from SOLOLO, A MILE FROM BANSANG. I attended Gambia High School , in Banjul. Please, be happy to drop me a note.

Wednesday, November 19, 1997 at 15:09:27 (EST)
siti salmiyah tahir
kajang, selangor, malaysia
I am delighted to read all about Gambia.I also have friends from Gambia that I met in Malaysia during a month course with Veterinary Department,Malaysia from 18th Sept.1997 to 19th.Oct.1997.The only regret is I don't know their addresses.I too would like Thank you very much if you could help. Hope to browse again soon.

Thursday, November 13, 1997 at 15:02:14 (EST)
Bertil Ellvin
Uppsala, Sweden
I found very much interesting on this site. My interest for The Gambia started as I visited our sister organization GAPD (The Gambia Association of the Physically Disabled) 1992.

Monday, November 10, 1997 at 18:16:28 (EST)
Claudine Elzey
St. Louis, MO, usa
Great pictures...lots of memories...THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME!!

Thursday, November 06, 1997 at 19:05:14 (EST)
Fatuma Sanneh
This is perhaps the best and most comprehensive Gambian web site I have come across. Great Job, Mr. Lyons!

Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 20:49:38 (EST)
Kebba Janneh
Atlanta, GA USA
I am from the City of Banjul, but presently living in America and I am happy to sign the Guestbook. Thank a lot.

Wednesday, November 05, 1997 at 11:00:56 (EST)
Aedin Clements
Kalamzoo, MI USA
Hi. We (Paul and I) were delighted to find this site, and located Sean O'Leary through it. We expect to visit often. Our older daughter, Anna, was born in the Gambia.

Sunday, November 02, 1997 at 15:28:22 (EST)
Klaus Armbruster
D-77710 Haslach, BW Germany
I am waiting for an E-Mail !

Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 16:47:18 (EST)
A. Trawally
Leeds, UK
It`s a very informative page and i think it would make any Gambian feel proud.Such a goodwill gesture is always appreciated and help of such kind is very welcome.

Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 01:41:28 (EDT)
Baboucar Sallah
Clearwater, Florida U.S.A
Once more I said it before and I will say it again, this is one of the most imformative site about the Gambia.I love listing to our National Anthem and I think every Gambian should download it and listen to it every morning . Its a good reminder that we should keep intouch with our friends and families back home.Sponsor a student at home it will be the best thing you have ever done in your life.

Thursday, October 23, 1997 at 10:37:34 (EDT)
Helen Jones
London, UK
I love the site. I visited Gambia earlier in the year and hope to return at the end of the year. Beautiful place and people too. Made great friends there.

Friday, October 17, 1997 at 06:38:16 (EDT)
AnneMarie Tiebosch
Amsterdam, NH Holland
I'm very interested in the whole of Gambia.
I'm actually looking forward to hit this country, one day.
I would like to receive, or know about, all most recent information about the Gambia.

Thursday, October 16, 1997 at 05:42:43 (EDT)
mitch nicholson

Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at 09:56:08 (EDT)
Tor Blaha
Bergen, NO Norway
I Like the site. We have a site from Gambia to.
I can have you link to my site, if you will.
My another country is Gambia, and I have many good friend there.
Tor Blaha

Wednesday, October 08, 1997 at 11:31:04 (EDT)
A. Monee Mangum
Atlanta , Ga USA
In the Summer of 1995, I went on a study program with Austin
Peay State University (I read the entry that Kathy Jo Lewis
made about the same program. I wish I could meet her to swap
stories!) to West Africa. Majority of our trip was settled in Ghana, but one our first stops was to The Gambia. It was
one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life! Although I attended a university other than Austin Peay, I was very fortunate to find this program. It is still going strong year after year, and I have encouraged many students to go. This year, the program settled in The Gambia the entire summer, and my best friend went on my urging. To make a long story short, she came back IN LOVE and ENGAGED! They plan to marry next year. The both of us are going back to visit in December for two weeks. I can't wait!

Tuesday, September 16, 1997 at 15:22:56 (EDT)
Kenneth Carter
Palm Bay, Fl USA
Very informative site. Thinking of visiting Gambia in the future.

African American

Tuesday, September 16, 1997 at 10:56:55 (EDT)
stefan van der laan
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Real good site. Keep it up!!!

Monday, September 15, 1997 at 11:34:16 (EDT)
Andrew Nicholson
Chester, England
Learned of a Gambian student starting degree course at University College, Chester in the fall / autumn. Wanted some background info - your site gave me everything I needed. Thanks a lot.

Sunday, September 14, 1997 at 08:53:56 (EDT)
andijk, nh holland
verry good page

Thursday, September 11, 1997 at 11:12:08 (EDT)
Yvonne Nygren Falk
Stockholm, Sweden
Full of memories.
My family stayed in the Gambia for two years as far back as 1973-75. We have many memories from all the friends we got
and what we experienced. Our kids were then 4 and 7 and they attended a British school, quite different from the Swedish they attended after coming home. 25 years ago - just imagine, would
love to go back some day.

Thursday, September 11, 1997 at 00:41:09 (EDT)
Irie Jean Ceesay
Atlanta, GA USA
My husband is from The Gambia and we both travel to his homeland via the Internet. Thanks to you, nothing is left out of our trip. When I vist The Gambia next year, I will already be familiar with many of the sites. Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, September 09, 1997 at 19:45:48 (EDT)
Kathy Jo Lewis
Erin, TN USA
I am very excited to discover your web site! I spent a month in The Gambia during the summer of 1996 studying the culture, history and social institutions of West Africa with Austin Peay State University. While I stayed at Amies Beach Hotel, I made many beautiful friends with whom I still stay in contact. I hope to visit The Gambia again someday soon!

Monday, September 08, 1997 at 09:14:38 (EDT)
Mia Falk
Stockholm, Sweden
Greate website!

Sunday, September 07, 1997 at 13:34:18 (EDT)
garland, TX DALLAS

Sunday, September 07, 1997 at 06:45:02 (EDT)
Meindert Eijgenstein
Almere, Netherlands
We leave for Gambia the 6th of october.We hope to get appropriate information about the Gambia, hotel Bandale Park,trips etc.
Therefore we were glad to find your SIte wich is very good publicity for your country.

Monday, September 01, 1997 at 13:48:39 (EDT)
Steven Van Herck
Hoegaarden, Belgium

Saturday, August 30, 1997 at 19:52:35 (EDT)
Raleigh, NC USA

Saturday, August 30, 1997 at 17:21:24 (EDT)
Mustapha Njie
Providence, RI USA
For The Gambia, ever true.

Saturday, August 30, 1997 at 01:14:25 (EDT)
Yusupha A.K Ceesay
Everett, MA U.S.A
Hello everyone I am a Gambian staying in Massachusetts just graduated with a B.S in Hotel Restaurant management. I find this web side very informative.

It is an easy way of communication with different people who are interested in knowing my home land. Open feel free to ask me anything about tourism in the Gambia.


Thursday, August 28, 1997 at 19:18:57 (EDT)
Iowa City, Ia USA
Very informative! Helped me with a project!

Wednesday, August 27, 1997 at 18:35:29 (EDT)
Barry & Nuala Mahon
Hello from the Gambia. We are dws one working in Gamtel the other for Tango.

Bye B+N

Wednesday, August 27, 1997 at 13:49:21 (EDT)
amylynn wolf
west bend, wi usa
how cool is it to see so many familiar names, pictures and places
ajarama andy...

Monday, August 25, 1997 at 01:24:38 (EDT)
Edward B. Mendy
New Orleans, LA USA
Your website is very informative. Please continue the good work. If there is anything I could do to help please do not hesitate to drop me an e-mail. I am a Gambian citizen currently practising law in the U.S. I try to visit The Gambia at least once a year.

Sunday, August 24, 1997 at 22:55:01 (EDT)
Jen Hardt
Omaha , NE USA
Great to get all this information about the Gambia. I have been missing that place very much.

Thursday, August 07, 1997 at 05:18:53 (EDT)
Paul Clemons
Warwick, Warwickshire
Hi, Great site - I'm going to Gambia in December, and stopping at the Atlantic near Banjul. Has anybody been there before or even stayed near there. I'm staying over there much celebration ? Whats the beach and sea there anythin

any information would be much appreciated. Please e-mail me a Thanks !!

Tuesday, August 05, 1997 at 01:51:57 (EDT)
o c roberts
essex, england
great website you can now book your holidays and travel to the gambia with ollnen internet travel service visit us at our web site

Wednesday, July 30, 1997 at 06:28:45 (EDT)
Amsterdam, Holland
Nice page about Gambia, I'm planning to visit the country this summer

Wednesday, July 30, 1997 at 06:19:17 (EDT)
erica burman
Salaam Aleekum! Great to see The Gambia on the web. Would like to know more about YOU! Are you a RPCV? My husband and I were volunteers in Bansang in 1987-1989. Had such a wonderful time, we vowed to get back to Africa and so are now in Botswana.

Tuesday, July 29, 1997 at 20:40:35 (EDT)
Samba Mballow
Raleigh, NC USA
Good job, Andy. This website is so rich in information.

Friday, July 25, 1997 at 19:55:26 (EDT)
Kimberely Sallah
Lexington, KY U.S.A.
Please email me as often as possible concerning any Gambia related information. My husband is from the Gambia, therefore this is my daughter's heritage. I need all the information I can possibly get. Particularly I would like to know how to get a copy o

Wednesday, July 23, 1997 at 17:44:44 (EDT)

Monday, July 21, 1997 at 16:50:47 (EDT)
ingalill ahnland-marong
stockholm, sweden
jerejef andy munuma bind wolof waaye begg naa la wax ne " rafet na torop"

Friday, July 18, 1997 at 10:39:25 (EDT)
Leutiger, Carola
I've lived in the Gambia for 2 years and I think this HomePage is a wonderful memorial of my pleasant stay!

Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 05:38:53 (EDT)
steve robertson
Aberdeen, Scotland
I was in The Gambia during the coup in 94 staying at the Badala Park Hotel, Although it was a rough time in teh Gambia it was a holiday i would never forget. Gambia is a very beautiful place and i am sure to return in the near future. I am writing an essay on political changes in The Gambia and have found this and other sites on the net to be very helpful in my quest for further information. thank-you

Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 12:46:02 (EDT)
Milton Okamoto
Ft. Washington, MD USA
I enjoyed "surfing" your site. I'm trying to locate a Gambian friend who attended the
University of Hawai'i in the early 70's. Lost touch with after he was at SUNY Binghampton
campus, although I heard he was at Syracuse University 4 years ago. If any could help me
get in touch with him, I'd be grateful. His name is Karanta Kalley, and his area of study
was economics. Keep up the good work with your site, the recipe for the peanut butter stew
brought back memories.

Monday, July 14, 1997 at 17:39:26 (EDT)
Bo Wincent
Stockholm, Sweden

Friday, July 11, 1997 at 11:24:22 (EDT)
Erwin Boogerd
amsterdam, nh netherlands

Wednesday, July 09, 1997 at 15:53:11 (EDT)
E. D. Walpool
Houston, TX U.S.A.
I attended the "Roots Homecoming Festival" in June and look forward to many future visits.

Wednesday, July 09, 1997 at 12:23:26 (EDT)
Shirley Vinson
Fountain, CO USA
I was a bit disappointed that I was unable to find more information on
the social aspects of the people and their traditional customs. For example
customs regarding marriage, family and religion.

Monday, July 07, 1997 at 12:55:26 (EDT)
Kay E. Barber
San Antonio, TX USA
I am shipping Methodist Hymnals to a church in Banjul and wanted to know the cheapest and best way to do that. I did not find any information on shipping. Maybe you could send me some information. I would appreciate it if you could. Thanks! Kay

Sunday, July 06, 1997 at 03:55:57 (EDT)
Beverly A. Mondrey
Garland, TX U.S.A.

Saturday, July 05, 1997 at 22:42:09 (EDT)
Marsha Swanagan
Huntington, WV USA
I downloaded the Wolof dictionary and am hopeful it will help me learn Wolof before I return to The Gambia again next year. If anyone could help me find some tapes on Wolof, please e-mail me at so I can purchase them. God bless!

Saturday, July 05, 1997 at 00:50:09 (EDT)
Ebrima and Kirsten Touray
Minneapolis, MN United States
I enjoyed the information on the Mandinka to English
Dictionary. My Husband speaks Mandinka a lot and
I will enjoy leaarning how to speak it. I also enjoyed the

Tuesday, July 01, 1997 at 19:38:52 (EDT)
Jean M.
Boston, MA USA
I would like to try to find information on the child I sponsor through Christian Childrens Fund. Any Ideas? I did get to read some of the information and found it very useful for writing my next letter to my CCF sponsored child. Thank you.

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