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Thousands of Gambians Protest for Former President Yahya Jammeh's Return from Exile

Supporters of the former statesman want the current Gambian government to guarantee his right to return from self-exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Yesterday, thousands of supporters of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh took to the outskirts of the capital city Banjul. According to Aljazeera, they demanded that the current government under President Adama Barrow guarantee the former statesman's return from exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Jammeh ruled the West African country for over two decades and subsequently lost to Barrow in the national elections back in 2017.


In one of the several audio recordings released by the deputy spokesman for Jammeh's political party to the media, Jammeh said that, "I am coming back. They said they drove me out of the country. Apart from Allah, nobody can take me out of The Gambia."

Chairman of the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Sheriff Kijera, responded to Jammeh's appeal to return to The Gambia saying:

"He is a citizen. He has every right to stay in his hometown and go and answer to the law. Former President Yahya Jammeh's rule in The Gambia was a tyrannical and brutal dictatorship. If former president Jammeh is authorized to return to The Gambia without being arrested, charged and prosecuted for his crimes or transferred to another state for him to face justice, it would be a big failure on the part of the government of The Gambia to uphold its duty to the people of Gambia, as well as its international obligation to provide an effective remedy to victims."

As of last year, The Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission was set up to hear testimony from victims and high-ranking government officials about the crimes allegedly committed by Jammeh during his 22-year rule. Human Rights Watch reports that Jammeh is said to have allegedly killed political opponents, approximately 56 West African migrants, carried out the arbitrary detaining of women in so-called "witch hunts" and the rape of several women including former beauty Gambian beauty queen, Fatou Jallow.

The now 23-year-old broke her silence in June of last year and publicly alleged that Jammeh had raped her while in office. Since then, women across the country have rallied around her under the banner of #IAmToufah.

Calls for Jammeh's return come at a time when Gambians are also pushing for the resignation of current President Barrow following his commitment to only serve as head of state for three years.

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Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.

Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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