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||Faríburz Rúzbihyán (Feriborz Roozbehyan) arrived in The Gambia and was named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:452]
||Knights of Bahaullah
|1955 (In the year)
||The first person to become a Bahá’í in The Gambia, Mr Nichola Banna, a Lebanese merchant, enrolled.
||First Bahais by country or area
||The first four local spiritual assemblies in The Gambia were formed in Bathurst (Banjul), Serrekunda, Lamin and Brikama.
||Bathurst (Banjul); Serrekunda; Lamin and Brikama; Gambia, The
||The existing National Spiritual Assembly of North West Africa that had been formed in 1956 was split into two regions, the "new" North West Africa region and the Spiritual Assembly of West Africa with its seat in Monrovia.
This latter assembly, Spiritual Assembly of West Africa, had jurisdiction over the following countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Portuguese Guinea, Cape Verde Islands, Ivory Coast; Mali, and Upper Volta. (Cape Verde Islands?) [BW14p96; BN No 393 Dec 1964 p2 ]
|Monrovia; Liberia; Sierra Leone; Guinea; Gambia; Senegal; Portuguese Guinea; Cape Verde Islands; Ivory Coast; Mali; Upper Volta
||National Spiritual Assembly, formation
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Upper West Africa was formed with its seat in Banjul, The Gambia. Jurisdiction for this Assembly extended over Senegal and Mauritania. [BW15p193]
For picture see BW15:147.
||National Spiritual Assembly, formation
|1970. 20 Nov - 28 May 1971
||Hand of the Cause Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum and her companion, Violette Nakhjavání, arrived in Ghana, at the start of the second leg of the ‘Great African Safari’ covering Western Africa. The itinerary was as follows:
Nov 20 - 28, 1970, Ghana
Nov 29 - Dec 21, 1970, Ivory Coast (now Côte d’Ivoire)
Dec 23, 1970 - Jan 14, 1971, Liberia
Jan 13 - 14, 1971, Ivory Coast (now Côte d’Ivoire)
Jan 15 - Feb 1, 1971, Mali
Feb 2 - 11, 1971, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso)
Feb 12 - 21, 1971, Ghana
Feb 22 - Mar 2, 1971, Ivory Coast (now Côte d’Ivoire)
Mar 3 - 15, 1971, Liberia
Mar 16 - 25, 1971, Sierra Leone
Mar 26 - Apr 8, 1971, Senegal
Apr 9 - 26, 1971, Gambia (now The Gambia)
Apr 26, 1971, Senegal
Apr 27 - May 10, 1971 Ivory Coast (now Côte d’Ivoire)
May 11 - 28, 197l, Ghana [BW15p606-607]
||Accra; Ghana; Côte d’Ivoire; Liberia; Mali' Burkina Faso; Sierra Leone; Senegal; The Gambia
||Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum, Journeys of; Violette Nakhjavani; Great African Safari
|1972 29 - 31 Dec
||The first West African Bahá’í Youth conference was held in The Gambia.
The Continental Board of Counsellors sponsored the first West African Bahá’í Youth Conference in conjunction with the National Spiritual Assembly of Upper West Africa. The Conference was held in The Gambia on the campus of Yundum College some fifteen miles from the capital city of Bathurst. Youth representing nine countries in this zone attended: Nigeria, Upper Volta, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania, plus pioneers originating from the United States, Mauritius, Malaysia, Iran, and friiq. A young Bahá’í from Sweden was able to greet the friends during a brief stop on a boat cruise. Counsellors Mr. H. R. Ardikani and Dr. William Maxwell Jr., were present as well as six of their Auxiliary Board members, Mr. Amos Agwu, Mr. Muhammad Al-Salihi, Mrs. H. Vera Edwards, Mr. Friday Ekpe, Mr. Shidan Kouchekzadeh and Dr. B. Sadiqzadeh. A total of fifty-six persons attended. [Bahá'í News 504]
|Banjul (Bathurst); Gambia, The; Africa
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Youth; First conferences
||The Bahá’ís of The Gambia were granted freedom of worship by the Secretary-General of the Gambian government. [BW15:193]
||The National Spiritual Assembly of The Gambia was formed with its seat in Banjul. [BW16:165]
||Banjul; Gambia, The
||National Spiritual Assembly, formation;
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