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A native of the Republic of The Gambia, one of the smallest country in mainland Africa, Jimmy Hendry Nzally is a PhD Researcher in Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). His educational background include an undergraduate in Development Studies from the University of The Gambia (UTG). He holds two Master’s Degrees in African History at the UTG and his second degree in Linguistics and Literary Studies at the VUB.
His research interest focuses on a social history of minority ethnic groups like the Mankange (his ethnic group) from Guinea Bissau, African (Gambian) Literature and Democratisation in Africa (The Gambia). His recently pubished article on The Gambia Law Review, provided a critical overrview of The Gambia's tripatite Political History by covering the three regimes in power.
Prior to coming to Brussels at the VUB for his second master’s degree, he worked as Relations Officer at the UTG. Other work experiences included working for the Central Government of The Gambia in the ¨Personal Management Office, as a consultant with Options Consultancy Services based in the UK, the United Nations Agency - World Food Programme, the United States Embassy (American Corner) to name but a few of them.
Jimmy is also engage into numerous community development intiatives. Such as being a radio presenter on West Coast Radio, one of The Gambia's most important airwaves in The Gambia. The show host crtitical debates on national politics, youth events, and a host of diverrse themes. At the University of The Gambia (UTG), he founded the UTG Leadership Fellowship a platform to train university students on leadership thereby unlocking their potentials.
At the VUB he became the Chaiperson of the International Student Platform (ISP), founded the Africa Student Community, and supported the establishment of the Latin Amerrica Student Community. He was honoured to give a speech at the 2017/2018 Academic Opening held in Bozar. Notably, he also became the first student ever in the Faculty of Arts and Philosopy, to deliver the valictory address during the class of 2016/2017 graduation ceremony.
Some of his prestigious awards included the US Embassy, Federal Assistant Award, the National Merit Award in honour of his contribtution towards national development in The Gambia and at the VUB, the most engaged VUB Student.
African History, Master's, University of the Gambia
5 Mar 2014 → 2 Aug 2016
Development Studies, Undergraduate, University of the Gambia
2 Nov 2009 → 9 Dec 2013
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