Gambia’s Capital Makes History By Voting First Female Mayor

Gambia’s capital city left a mark on the world on Saturday for voting the first-ever female mayor.

Rohey Malick Lowe made waves in the city when she declared her candidature for one of Africa’s littlest capitals.  It was not astonishing however thinking of her as late father Malik Lowe had held the mantle at one time.


She vied for the seat under the ruling party, United Democratic Party and was declared the winner at the just concluded municipal elections- the first of such elections to be held after the ouster of Yahya Jammeh.

Among her top priorities is to give Banjul a facelift by starting with sanitation, municipal economy and public infrastructure.

“After 22 year’s Executive neglect, the Gambia and her capital Banjul, in particular, need a serious face-lift. Banjul as a City is in a bad sh

ape, and it would require pragmatic, visionary leadership with a progressive team and established structures to make that happen,” she said on her GoFundMe page.

Malick Lowe is now the second female mayor in West Africa after Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, who was sworn in on May 11 after clinching the mayoral seat of Sierra Leone capital Freetown.


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