This chapter takes its cue from the life trajectory of Solo Darboe, a former diamond dealer born in the upper Gambia in the 1930s, to illustrate early transnational aspect of twentieth-century Gambian history. I collected Solo’s life reminiscences in 2008, met many of Solo’s mates and supplemented oral sources with the available written evidence. By probing into the micro-level of Solo’s life trajectory, the analysis attempts to introduce a transnational dimension into the study of the late colonial and postcolonial Gambia, a country that many scholars tend to overlook precisely because of its small size. In so doing, the crucial role of the first twentieth-century waves of international migrations in the very process of African nation-building comes to the limelight.

Bellagamba, A. (2016). Solo darboe, former diamond dealer: Transnational connections and home politics in the twentieth-century Gambia. In J. Knorr, C. Kohl (a cura di), The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective (pp. 280-298). Berghahn Books.

Solo darboe, former diamond dealer: Transnational connections and home politics in the twentieth-century Gambia

BELLAGAMBA, ALICE
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2016

Abstract

This chapter takes its cue from the life trajectory of Solo Darboe, a former diamond dealer born in the upper Gambia in the 1930s, to illustrate early transnational aspect of twentieth-century Gambian history. I collected Solo’s life reminiscences in 2008, met many of Solo’s mates and supplemented oral sources with the available written evidence. By probing into the micro-level of Solo’s life trajectory, the analysis attempts to introduce a transnational dimension into the study of the late colonial and postcolonial Gambia, a country that many scholars tend to overlook precisely because of its small size. In so doing, the crucial role of the first twentieth-century waves of international migrations in the very process of African nation-building comes to the limelight.
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Transnationalism, Politics, Migration, West Africa
English
The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective
9781785330698
Bellagamba, A. (2016). Solo darboe, former diamond dealer: Transnational connections and home politics in the twentieth-century Gambia. In J. Knorr, C. Kohl (a cura di), The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective (pp. 280-298). Berghahn Books.
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