It was an amazing afternoon with many in attendance; it was great to see the Lord Major Mr Talib Ahmed Bensouda, who officially opened Bojang River Lodge and the Councillor of Bakau Lamin Dibba in attendance to support this business venture of a local Gambian and his wife.
Before the formalities, we had a chance to mingle with the guests, enjoy the dancing by the local ladies of Bakau and take in the cooking – real Gambian style. The local band 5 Star, also from Bakau, was there to perform and show their support.
Once the Lord Major arrived, the proceedings started, and Amanda welcomed everyone to the opening of Bojang River Lodge.
Amanda told a little about herself and Lamin – Her first visit to The Gambia was in February 2006, and like many, she fell in love with the country, but due to circumstances, she was not able to return until 2013. Amanda was drawn back to Cape Point – it felt like home and is now her second home.
Lamin and Amanda met in 2014; they became business partners, where Amanda sent small items from the UK for Lamin to sell – this is how many business relationships start.
Amanda said, "Truth, trust, and respect was important for the relationship to be successful". So, when the opportunity came up for Lamin to take over Sweden Corner, where he was working as a manager, Amanda did not hesitate; they renamed it Friends Bar & Restaurant – but that is another story for another magazine issue.
Lamin is from Bakau. He wanted their new business ventures and development in The Gambia but especial in his hometown of Bakau, and to give the opportunity to fellow residents where possible as this is important to them.
They awarded the project to local businessman Lamin Jammeh from Hayes Constructions, and they looked to use local tradesmen first, as they wanted to start as they meant to go on.
Lamin and Amanda wanted to build a future for themselves, their family as well as support the economy of the community of Bakau.
Lamin said that Bakau used to be a tourist destination, but because of the lack of opportunities, everything has shifted away. Therefore, they thought it was important to start the foundation work from now to help bring tourism back to Bakau, Cape Point, for when tourism does return to The Gambia. Doing this will allow them to employ more locals and help with business opportunities for others within the area.
They decided to open Bojang River Lodge during the pandemic because they are not just for tourism but for Gambians and people living in The Gambia, for who they offer special rates.
Amanda said for QTV: ‘We are targeting Gambians and people living in The Gambia. Some people just want a short break; they just want to get away from their lives; they might live inland and just want to come down to Cape Point for just a day or two; we are targeting the short breaks, the stay vacations as we call them in the UK’.
They are committed to working with the authorities to create employment for the youth, and they have full support from the Lord Major of KMC.
The Lord Major Talib Ahmed Bensouda had these words to say: ‘It is part of our ministry policy, and it is an investment that will create jobs, bring investment to Bakau, which is a community I am from and proud of. We know that Amanda and Lamin have the heart and passion to make sure employment is created’.
- Lamin Bojang
Bojang River Lodge is an informal setting but suitable for leisure and business alike; it is warm and welcoming with a combination of Gambian tradition and modern style, which allows you to relax and unwind.
Bojang River Lodge is in a great location, located at the mouth of the River Gambia, where it meets the Atlantic with a view of Barra on a clear day and Banjul.
Bojang River Lodge currently has six standard rooms and two two-bedroom apartments, two swimming pools and a pool bar, but with further development by November, the first floor will be finished, adding two one-bedroom suites and three superior rooms.
Comfortable rooms with internet access. Expect, and enjoy comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms to suit all types of guests. All with modern facilities, as required by the discerning guests.
Special Rates for Gambian passport/ID Holders and residence permit holders (required to be a lead guest), bookings to be made directly. Not to be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
For your next romantic or short leisure break in The Gambia – the perfect location for weddings and family events, extended Gambian vacations or simply a tourist holiday. A stay in Bojang River Lodge is the place for you!