Ebrima Solo Sandeng
Born to Mamadi Sandeng and Fatoumatta Janko in 1959, Ebrima Solo Sandeng was a leading political activist who stood for democratic values and electoral reforms in The Gambia. Sandeng was seen as the catalyst to the new democratic dispensation as many analysts believe that his electoral reform protest that fatally ended his life galvanised an oppressed nation against the brutal dictatorship ahead of the 2016 Presidential Elections. Mr. Sandeng was arrested on April 14th, 2016 for calling for electoral reforms ahead of polls that year. He was reportedly tortured to death in the hands of the agents of the notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Until his death, Sandeng was the Organising Secretary of the United Democratic Party (UDP). He was seen as a fearless politician who dreamt of a better Gambia where democratic values and the rule of law would prevail.