William Dixon Colley

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William Dixon Colley (var : William Ojo Dixon Colley or William Charles Dixon Colley) was a Gambian journalist, publisher and editor. He was born on 14 November 1913 at Bathurst now Banjul (the capital of the Gambia) and died on 17 January 2001 at Sukuta (a Gambian town). More commonly known as Dixon Colley, he was a co-founder and first Chairman of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) as well as its former Secretary General.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


During the Second World War, he went to Europe[7] and after a long stay abroad, including the United Kingdom, decided to return to the Gambia in 1963. That same year, he founded his newspaper Nyaato Africa which was renamed The Nation in 1964. He remained its Managing Editor until the 1990s when the paper was discontinued as a result of old age.[1][2]

In 1978, Dixon Colley co-founded the Gambia Press Union (GPU) and was made an honorary life member.

He died at the age of 87 following a sudden illness at his home in Sukuta.[2]


  1. ^ a b The Nation Newspaper (Gambia) : Tribute to Alhaji Bai Modi Joof - "Champion of free speech (Tribute)", published: 7 June 1993, by William Dixon Colley (Managing Editor of The Nation Newspaper and Secretary General of The Gambia Press Union)
  2. ^ a b c Dixon Colley Is Dead The Independent 19 January 2001
  3. ^ Ode Adieu Dixon The Point 20 January 2001
  4. ^ Funeral Arrangements For William Dixon-Colley The Independent 22 January 2001
  5. ^ Dixon Colley Laid To Rest The Point 24. January 2001
  6. ^ Uncle Dixon To Get Posthumous Journalism Award The Independent 26 January 2001
  7. ^ a b Dixon Colley Remembered The Independent 20 January 2003
  8. ^ William Dixon Colley the Doyen of the Gambian Press The Independent 16 January 2006