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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 National Spiritual Assembly of Upper West Africa was formed with its seat in Banjul, The Gambia. [BW15:193]
For picture see BW15:147.
|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
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