Those who judge 22nd July revolution merely by the heights of its achievements, would do well to remember the depths from which it started. These revolutionaries understood that action without thought is empty and thought without action is blind.
The task ahead was great indeed, and heavy was the responsibility; and yet it was a noble and glorious challenge-a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve-to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of Gambians.
Such a courage the 22nd July revolution successfully inculcated into Gambians in 1994 that even death could never have been successful in extinguishing it.
The revolutionaries were not just Gambians because they were born in The Gambia but because The Gambia was born in them and the desire to be leaders of their own nation and architect of their own destiny was a living reality in their hearts.In the quest to enhancing a better Gambia, the 22nd July revolution under distinguished leadership of H.E Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhajie Yahya A.J.J Jammeh has not only been successful in enhancing better living conditions for all but also inculcated a sense of direction and urgency in the mind of every citizen.
Many discouraging hours arose but finally, the rainbow of accomplished goals appeared with Juma K. Camara taking the lead in drafting a befitting anthem for the revolution and below is an extract:
There greets the world of a revolution
- From the land of the smiling coast
- Rebirth of a nation
- The Gambia embraces a new era
- The philosophy of the revolution
- Quest for self-sufficience
- To eat what we grow
- Self-reliance for true independence
- Power to the people
- Freedom and opportunity to realize our full potential
- In leaps and bounds we grow
- A power to reckon with we must be
- Diverse as we are
- In purpose we unite
- That fills our hearts and runs our veins
- To the Gambia we are loyal
- In unison we march
- As a nation to our destiny
- With abiding faith
- And we will reach the end
- Through our leader
- The architect of the revolution
- The road may be rough
- Our resolve to succeed is strong
- The path of the revolution on which we tread
- Will lead to a greater Gambia
- And god is on our side.
Finally, we most become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook, we must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudicial acts and granting forgiveness, and owing our ultimate allegiance not to our tribe or religion but to our nation.
Quoted from one of Africa’s greatest revolutionaries “no people with a government of their own can expect to be treated on the same level as people of independent sovereign states.
It is far better to be free to govern of misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else” Kwame Nkrumah.
Long Live The revolutionaries
Long Live There Philosophy
Long Live The Gambia
SAVE THE GAMBIA……….
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I salute you all out there.
Happy 22nd July Anniversary To One And All…