People and culture

20.03.2012 [12:20]
The population of The Gambia presently over 1.5 million people belonging to eight *ethnic groups, as well as fairly large communities from neighbouring West African countries.

Every day greetings are of great importance. Wolof and Mandinka people, greeting one another ritualistically easily spend half a minute or more over it. Always starting with the traditional Islamic greetings Asalaamu Aleikum and Aleikum salaam ('Peace be with you,' 'And peace be with you.') it is followed by several questions about each other's family, home life, village, health etc. The answers, which are almost always that things are fine, are often followed with Al hamdul' lillah ('Thanks be to God.').