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president of Gambia

Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambian former president of Gambia. Recipient decorations from Senegal, Mauritania, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea, China; created knight bachelor, 1966; knight grand cross Order St. Michael and St. George, 1974; recipient Peutinger gold medal, 1979, Agricola gold medal, 1980.


Jawara, Dawda Kairaba was born on May 16, 1924 in Barajally, Gambia. Son of Almamy and Mama (Fatty) Jawara.


Diploma tropical veterinary medicine, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1957. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Ife, Nigeria, 1978. Doctor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (honorary), Colorado State University, 1986.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Glasgow, 1990.


Minister of Education 61. Premier 1962-1965; Prime Minister 1965-1970. President, of Republic of The Gambia April since 1970.

Vice-President of Confederation of Senegambia February since 1982. Minister of Defence since 1985. President Comite Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Secheresse du Sahel.


Chairman, Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, 1977, 79. Honorary procurator Afro-European Dialogue of Peutinger Collegium, 1978. Fellow Royal College Veterinary Surgeons, member Commonwealth Veterinary Association (president since 1967).


  • Other Interests

    Golf, gardening, sailing.


Almamy Jawara

Mama (Fatty) Jawara