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Coordinates: 13°26′N 16°40′W / 13.433°N 16.667°W / 13.433; -16.667
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Downtown Serekunda
Downtown Serekunda
Serekunda is located in The Gambia
Location in the Gambia
Coordinates: 13°26′N 16°40′W / 13.433°N 16.667°W / 13.433; -16.667
Founded bySayerr Jobe
Named forFounder
 • Total340,000
Time zone0 GMT

Serekunda (proper: Sayerr Kunda or Sere Kunda, sometimes spelled Serrekunda) is the largest urban centre in The Gambia.[2] It is situated close to the Atlantic coast, 13 km (8 mi) south-west of the capital, Banjul,[3] and is formed of nine villages which have grown together into a larger urban area.

History and toponymy


Serekunda was founded in the second half of the 19th century by Sayerr Jobe, a Wolof man originally from Koki in the Kingdom of Cayor, in what is now northern Senegal. At the time Sukuta was the only nearby settlement, and the area was a thick forest.[4] The name 'Serekunda' is a corruption of 'Sayerr Kunda', meaning 'the home of Sayerr's family'.[3]

Population history

1973 1983 1993 2007 2021
25,505 70,435 194,987 348,118[3] 340,000

Districts or suburbs


The following districts form part of Serekunda:

  1. Bakoteh
  2. Bunungka Kunda
  3. Dippa Kunda
  4. Eboe Town
  5. Faji Kunda
  6. London Corner
  7. New Jeshwang
  8. Old Jeshwang
  9. Kololi
  10. Kotu
  11. Latri Kunda
  12. Latri Kunda Sabiji
  13. Manjai Kunda
  14. Serekunda District
  15. Talinding Kunjang
  16. Churchill's Town


  1. ^ "Population of Cities in Gambia (2021)". Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  2. ^ "Introducing Serekunda & the Atlantic Coast". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Serrekunda Town, Gambia". Access Gambia. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  4. ^ Jabai, Sailu Bah Saikou Suwareh (2 March 2015). ""Sayerr Jobe's name cannot be easily forgotten" Says a descendant". Foroyaa. Retrieved 29 February 2024.

13°26′N 16°40′W / 13.433°N 16.667°W / 13.433; -16.667