I am Gambian

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I came from the Kambi Bolong

I am the Smiling Coast

I am the Nyancho, I am the Guewel, I am the eclectic

I am Edward Small, I am the clarion call

I am Nyimansata Sanneh-Bojang, I am the first

I am Sandeng, I am the rallying cry

I am Louis Thomasi, I am the Red, White, Blue, Green

I am Gambian

I am “Ya Boye”, I am the pulse, I am the edifice

I birthed, toiled, nurtured this land

I grew the “barra mano” and fed the land

I am the oyster-farmer of Saro

I am Gambian

I am Augusta Jawara, I am Mrs. Ndow

I am Auntie Amie, I am Mr. Sise, I am the educator

I am Gambian

I am Lenrie, I am Alh. Mansour, I am the teller of stories

I am Jaliba, I am Musa Afia, I am the singer of songs

I am Tata, I am Sonia, I waltz the Kora

I am The Fugitivz, I am OBoy and Gambian Child, I am hip

I am Gambian

I am Pata PJ, I am Jama, I am Jaha, I am Badara, I am Haddijatou, I am Juka

I am Maudo, I am Saikou, I am Immortal, I am Nafissa, Xmyls

I am Mola, I am Kadi Omar, I am the bearer of the torch

I am Gambian

I am the Sankandi Skirmish

I am the palm-wine tapper

I am the nomad, I am the Gainako

I am the Harmattan

I am the drought of the hinterland and flooding rains of Ebo Town

I am the sandy beach of Tujereng

I am the rock at Hella Kunda

I am the mouth of Africa, I am the Gambia river, The spirit of this great land

I am Gambian

I am Aku, I am Bambara, I am Fula, I am Jola

I am Karoninka, I am Mandinka, I am Manjago

I am Serahule, I am Serer, I am Wolof

I am the descendant of Lebanese, Moroccans, Mauritanians

From many lands we come

I am Gambian

We are ONE, but we are many

We’ll share a dream and with one voice

I am, you are, we are Gambian

Saul Njie

12.02.2017

Inspired by Judith Durham and the Seekers