Gambia

Culture of Gambia

Society

The Gambia's government is made up by five divisions (Lower River, Central River, North Bank, Upper River, and Western. Gambia exports like peanuts, cotton, sesame, and bunch of other things. Gambia uses donkey's or horse carts, buses, or "bush-taxis, for shorter distances people walk or take a taxi. In Gambia, parents have to pay to go primary school, but, when they get into high school, they have to take an enterance exam for four years, for some families education is not useful for farming. The healthcare is subsidized by a international organizations, they provide a lot of medicine and advanced care, also, they have a community nurse assinged to every village in Gambia.
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The people

The population in Gambia is 1.5 million and has five major ethnic groups: the Mandinka, Fulani, Fula, Wolof, Jola, and the Serrahule. In Gambia, the most common language is English, but, most speak Wolof, Mandinka, and Fula. About 85%, Gambians are Muslim, 13% are christian, and 2% are animist. Gambians are self-confident, outgoing, postive about their life. Gambians take their time on actvities.

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Lifestyle

The Gambia's family is based on the extended family, three generations may all live together in the same household. Boys are not welcome to visit when visting a girl's home. People in the area eat rui or monno a (millet porridge), they breakfeasts are purchased from streets or prepared at home. Gambians spent their time at a festivals or ceremonies, and dancing, Gambia has beautiful beaches. In gambia, they listen to reggae, ndaga music, Wolof music from Senegal music, and kora music ( A string instrument from gourd.)

Gambians celebrated with festivals, ethinc dances, house parties, dances, and local wrestling.

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Customs and Courtesies

Gambians, The younger person will have to do a hand-shake. Having direct eye contact is very disrespectful. Gambians are used to visitung without a prior notice. All Gambians eat three meals a day, during farming, mothers prepared lunches with childern then to their out in the fields.
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