A Democratic Fallacy

The Gambia’s elections & capitalism’s grip on economic power in Africa

By Timeyin Oritsesan

18th January 2017



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After 22 years in power, President Jammeh was defeated by the now, new president-elect Adama Barrow. Although the British press condescendingly refers to him as ‘the former Argos security guard’, Barrow is much more than his struggles as a young man, ultimately rising to become the leader of The Gambia’s largest opposition party in the 2016 elections. Adama has become a symbol of hope for the Gambian people who have long been dissatisfied with Jammeh’s tyrannical rule; but is this a symbol of a newfound African democracy? Could the template and political order in the Gambia be for other AU nations to replicate?

About Author

Timeyin is a writer and independent researcher for The Centre of Pan-African Thought. She holds a degree in International Business with a minor in Economics from Florida International University . She also holds a Masters degree in the Political Economy of Development (with special reference to Africa) from SOAS University in London.