Anthology of an Exiled African Dissident

A Diaspora Movement That Toppled a Government and Exiled a Dictator

by Mathew K. Jallow



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/14/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781480889705
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781480889712
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781480889699

About the Book

Five junior military officers in the Gambia ousted the government of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara in 1994.

After three decades of relative political stability under a democratically elected government, it was a stunning turn of events – and what followed was two decades of political turmoil, tribalism, massive corruption, disappearances, and forced exile.

Mathew K. Jallow, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to death in absentia for his role in demonstrating against the military dictatorship in his native Gambia, examines his homeland’s history and how a global movement toppled the junta.

Jallow captures the slow but steady erosion of human rights, economic plunder, and the collapse of state institutions under the junta’s heavy-handed Machiavellian rule. He also shows how all too often, funds meant to help the continent end up in the bank accounts of politicians, bureaucrats, and the politically connected.

With his insightful commentary, the author helps explain why Africa, the wealthiest continent on the planet, remains hopelessly poor. He also takes readers into the minds of Africans, showing a face of Africa that is still a mystery to much of the developed world.

About the Author

Mathew K. Jallow is a naturalized US citizen exiled from the Gambia, West Africa. A journalist, political activist, and human rights advocate with a broad knowledge of African affairs, he has been consulted by United Nations experts, development executives, and international nonprofit managers. He holds undergraduate degrees in business administration and hospitality management, as well as a graduate degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Jallow lives in Wisconsin and continues to assist marginalized segments of society.