Bakary Y. Badjie has been re-assigned as the Minister of Youth and Sports in Gambia for the second time since the initial appointment in 2020.
It was during his tenure that Gambia registered remarkable gains in sports and development. For the first time in history, Gambia made their first appearance at the African Cup of Nation (AFCON). Check it out here – AFCON 2021: Gambian Scorpions historical achievement at the Africa Cup
Through their social media platform, The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) released a congratulatory statement on Honourable Bakary Badjie’s second appointment and acknowledged that all this was as a result of his close collaboration with the federation, mostly in terms of funding their National team activities.
“We’d like to reassure him of those continued relations to consolidate our gains starting with the qualifiers for Ivory Coast 2023 that gets underway next month,” the statement read.
Who is this man Bakary Badjie?
Mr Badjie was born in in Serrekunda Bartex and grew up in Kanifing Municipality. He is well known in the youth work, civil society and other human rights organisation in Gambia and Africa.
In 2004, Mr Bakary was appointed Program Officer of Child Protection Alliance (CPA) where he served for 12 years. He was able to work with children and young people throughout the Gambia.
He has won both national and international awards recognising his passion to work with young people. In 2004, he won Youth Activist of the Year, 2010 WCPRC Global Focal Person and in 2014, he won the Child Friendly Adult Award.
The president, Executive Committee and staff of The Gambia Football Federation have congratulated Honorable Bakary Badjie on his re-appointment as the Minister of Youth and Sports.