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Independence Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, Gambia. It is currently used mostly for football matches, although it is also used for athletics, concerts, political events, trade fairs and national celebrations. The stadium holds 30,000[1] people.

Independence Stadium
Gambia banjul football stadium.jpg
LocationBakau, Gambia
Coordinates13°28′7.7″N 16°40′40.1″W / 13.468806°N 16.677806°W / 13.468806; -16.677806Coordinates: 13°28′7.7″N 16°40′40.1″W / 13.468806°N 16.677806°W / 13.468806; -16.677806
Capacity30,000
Construction
Opened1984
Renovated2011
Tenants
Gambia national football team
Football fans watching Gambia v Guinea

Notable eventsEdit

10th anniversary of the July 22nd revolutionEdit

On July 22, 2004, heads of state and dignitaries from several African nations, and the Taiwanese prime minister attended a large parade to mark the tenth anniversary of the assumption to power of President Jammeh.[2]

Saturday 18th February 2017, The 52nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations and Inauguration of His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia, was held at the Independence Stadium Bakau, Gambia.

 
52nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations and Inauguration of His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia

Lifeline ExpeditionEdit

In June 2006, Andrew Hawkins (a descendant of England's first slave trader Sir John Hawkins) and 20 friends from the Christian charity Lifeline Expedition knelt in chains before 25,000 Africans to ask forgiveness for his ancestor's involvement in the slave trade.

Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy symbolically removed the chains in a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.[3][4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Office of The Gambian President: State House Online: Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh
  3. ^ Slaver's descendant begs forgiveness - Times Online
  4. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | 'My ancestor traded in human misery'

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