DEMBADOU ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL 01 - 03.03.2019

All happenning in Sukuta Sabiji Dembadou the Gambia West/Africa

THE HISTORY

 

Sukuta is a coastal town geographically located on a promontory within the urban enclave commonly known as Greater Banjul Area in The Gambia. In the past, the population grew 0.2% as a result of urban and rural drift migration. The intensity of the influence attributed to change of farmlands to settlements leading to inadequate land for agricultural practice and improper planning procedures to cater for regeneration of social fabrics and infrastructure developments. The inhabitants are predominantly occupied in farming, fishing, commerce, entrepreneurship, civil service and general sporting events. According to the town’s historical data, the overall dimension of Sukuta became down sized due to ancestral generosity on allocation of land to their strangers. Prominent among them namely:

 

Sera Jobe (known as Serekunda – KMC ) sulay Jobe (known as Sanchaba Sulay Jobe ) Biji (known as Bijilo) Mawndeh (known as maundeh kunda ) Nema kunku, Sinchu Sori, Tranquil, Sinchu Alaji, Bundun, Jarbang, yunna, latriya, tallinding, Faji kunda, Bakau kunku, Abuko and New Jeshwang villages, were the initial land marks.

 

The existing territory now covers 12.753 sq.km which has been divided into two main wards namely :

 

Karaba and Karanding. These main wards comprise of old and new settlements such as Newtown, Nema, Nemasu estate, Jamisa, Dahaba, sanchaba, demba kunda, jarri kunda, bojang kunda, Kebba kunda, Jarbang kunda, Barro kunda, Bojang kundarin, Bantasu, Jatta kunda, Nufung Kunda, Jammeh Kunda, Kenebaring, Bulli kundarin, Bulli kundaba, Darbo Kunda, Mania Kunda, Kadang Kunda,Sanneh Kunda, Sanki Kunda, Korin Kunda, Brusubi, Jamba Kunda to name few.

 

Under the prevailing circumstances, from the 19th century post independence, there is growing concern to enhance municipality status considering its metropolitan population of more than twenty six thousand inhabitants and the rising of credible housing and infrastructural developments.

 

 

There are names of settlements in the Gambia that we are familiar to be ofsimilar pronunciation but at different locations. Among them is Jarra Sukutaand Kombo Sukuta. Similarly there exist Demba Kunda in Tumanna district while this chapter craved dembadu to Sukuta to make a difference. In essence therefore, the description of the nomenclature is clear for readers’ digest. Kombo Sukuta has been known commonly to bear two names, which are Sukuta and Sabiji. The literal translation of Sukuta in mandinka language means ‘new home’ while Sabiji is a connotation referring to a scholar who once kept a sheep for raring purposes in the village at the time. This was an ancient art of conjoining vocabulary to describe travel destination. Dembadu is a mandinka language for a title of an honorary award conferred to the legacy of the founding architects of Sukuta/Sabiji in the name of Amulai demba Cham clan. Apparently the traditional title of ‘tiango’ and war lord earned the Cham clan of Sukuta a history to be remembered even though by the territory of kombo was under the transit rule between the Bojang clan of Sukuta and Busumbala Jatta clan respectively.

 

 

 

Sukuta is endowed with talented, skillful and well educated intellectuals either resident at home or living abroad. Suffice to mention that, if every individual contribute and participate collectively to this organization, we shall all benefit from the fruits of the labor and generations hereafter.

We implored public opinions on the status of a town without communication configuration. This reminds us on times without number to reach out for mails, financial transaction and daily essential consumable item, hard ware and soft ware from either Serekunda or Banjul. Notably, the cost of transportation drained the household budget unnoticed. Hence forth, the status quo remained unchanged and inter alia attributes to causes of poverty. In this regard,