Dawda Kairaba Jawara was born in Barajally, MacCarthy Island Division on 16 May 1924. He was the son of Almammi Jawara and Mamma Fatty.
Dawda served as Prime Minister of the Gambia from 12 June 1962 to 24 April 1970, as President of the Gambia from 24 April 1970 to 22 July 1994, and as Vice President of Senegambia from 12 December 1981 to 30 December 1989.
Dawda died in Fajara, Banjul on 27 August 2019.
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