YOU BECAME A SOVEREIGN GAMBIAN ON 24TH APRIL 1970 FROM A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY ON 18 FEBRUARY 1960 TO A SOVEREIGN REPUBLIC ON 24TH APRIL 1970

Today is the 45th Anniversary of the Republic. The Republic came into
being on 24th April 1970. The Gambia attained the right to self
determination on the 18th February 1965. This is why a referendum was held to enable the people to become sovereign. The Referendum failed in 1965 thus leaving the country to be a constitutional monarchy.
Hence for five years  Gambians still owed allegiance to the British
Crown. An appointed Governor General exercised executive power on
behalf of the Queen. Once a people owe allegiance, obedience or
adherence to a foreign power, Independence is negated.
It was on 24th April 1970 when the Gambian people chose to be a
Sovereign Republic. On that day Sovereignty of the country was
transferred from the Queen of the United Kingdom to the Gambian
people. From that day onwards no Gambian representative could owe
allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state. That
is the essence of Independence in statehood. 24th April completes our
journey from the attainment of the right to self determination in 1965
to the attainment of sovereign statehood in 1970. The young people are
not being fully exposed to our history.
To help in raising public awareness on the relevance of 24th April
1970, Foroyaa is inviting Gambians in General to submit poems and songs
on Republican values and the sovereignty of the people at the Foroyaa
office. Foroyaa promises to publish the best poem and songs and award
a two thousand dalasi cash prize to each winner.
Furthermore, students up to the tertiary level could also submit
poems. The writer of the best poem would receive a cash prize of 2000
dalasis. The deadline for submission is 15th May. The names of the
winners would be announced on 25th MAY 2015.  The awards will be given
at symposium to be organised for that purpose.