Gambia: What I make of Mboka

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LAST Monday’s disorder in East Port of Spain made me reflect on my recent visit to the Gambia where I participated in Mboka, a festival to celebrate Gambian as well as African diasporic heritage.

Gambians “belong to the Senegambia region of West Africa, the general name given to the area drained by the Senegal and Gambia rivers” (Faal, A History of Gambia).

Mboka or “One Family,” a Wolof word, is taken from the ethnic group of the same name.

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