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The Gambia (officially the Republic of The Gambia), commonly known as Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, with a small coast on the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

Its borders roughly correspond to the path of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the country's center and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its size is almost 10,500 km² with an estimated population of 1,700,000.

On 18 February 1965, Gambia was granted independence from the United Kingdom and joined The Commonwealth. Banjul is Gambia's capital, but the largest conurbation is Serekunda.

The Gambia shares historical roots with many other west African nations in the slave trade, which was key to the establishment of a colony on the Gambia river, first by the Portuguese and later by the British. Since gaining independence in 1965, The Gambia has enjoyed relative stability, with the exception of a brief period of military rule in 1994.

An agriculturally rich country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

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Jollof rice, also called 'Benachin' meaning one pot in the Wolof language, is a popular dish all over West Africa. It is thought to have originated in Senegal and in Gambia but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana amongst members of the Wolof ethnic group.

There are many variations of Jollof Rice. The most common basic ingredients are: rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and red pepper. Beyond that, nearly any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice can be added.

The dish consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, Guinea pepper[disambiguation needed] or cumin) and chili pepper, to which optional ingredients can be added such as vegetables, meats and fish. (Read more...)

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The children of Sir Dawda Elementary School dressed in their best uniforms to show their appreciation for the help of the crewmen from the frigate USS Jesse L. Brown.

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C. Paschal Eze is a former Gambian daily newspaper and monthly business magazine editor in chief. In 2001, Eze resigned from his position as editor in chief of The Gambia's largest selling independent daily newspaper, The Daily Observer, in response to being told not to publish interviews or stories about United Democratic Party politician Lamin Waa Juwara. Ten other member of the editorial staff resigned along with Eze. Eze then expanded his career into tourism, where he was appointed in 2002 as the West Africa director of the Miss Tourism World Organisation, an international beauty pageant organizer that runs Miss Tourism World among other contests. Eze moved from The Gambia to Iowa, United States in 2003, where he works as certified training consultant, rebranding strategist, business coach and commentator.

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