Global Stars You Won’t Believe Have Gambian Parents

Gambia News makes a quick compilation of global stars who at first sight most won’t probably believe have a Gambian parent.


Photo: John Carew’s parent is from the Gambian Aku community

Now at 40, Carew was one of the world’s most wanted footballers shooting to the limelight with Olympique Lyon of France and making Real Madrid suffer in the Champions League. He went on to play for Stoke City and West Ham United in the Premier League before retiring in 2012 to take up acting as a later career. He was born in Norway to a Gambian father and comes from an Aku home originally in Banjul.


Liverpool’s Joe Gomez’s father is Gambian and Joe himself has visited the country several times

We’ve featured him a number of times leading most still into querying whether he is Gambian. Well the good news is he was born in the UK and is an England international and would have played for Gambia if we had a good scouting team in place then. He has visited Gambia a number of times and is born to a Gambian father called Gus Gomez. The 22-year-old won the Uefa Champions League with Liverpool.


Photo: Aino shared stage with Miley Cyrus

Born in Sweden, Aino Jawo is a huge name in music. The first Gambian to share the same stage with popular but controversial multi-million-dollar American singer Miley Cyrus, Jawo’s journey to music started in 2009 in Stockholm, where she met Caroline Hjelt and the duo formed the Icona pop group. She is also in a movie as well and is born of a Gambian father and a Finnish mum.


Born in Denmark to a Gambian parent, David Jatta is also another big name in the musical game.

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