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 Brikama, Gambia

Brikama Town (also spelt Birikama) and its outlying vicinity are in the Kombo Central District, West Coast Region of The Gambia, in West Africa. It is the regional capital of the Western Region, the base for the headquarters of Brikama Area Council, and it is the most populated Local Government Area in the country. Located inland, in the South Bank, the main urban settlement is about 35km southwest of the Banjul capital, and has an estimated population of 750,000 people (699,704 - 2013 census). The largest ethnic group are the Mandinka, followed by the Wolof, Manjago, Jola, Fulani, Serer, Serahule, Laibe, Aku, Mauritanians and others. Brikama is a market town and major trading centre for raw groundnuts, palm oil (dende) and kernels. The local economy revolves around petty trading, soap making and tie & dye. Other livelihoods are horticulture, fruit and vegetable distribution, pottery making, batik and wood craft workshops. The town is famous for its traditional music heritage of the Kora jalis (griots).

Brikama, Gambia
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