Until his selection as the presidential candidate of the United Democratic Party, little is known about Adama Barrow. All those who know the man describe him as “the perfect candidate. He is humble, kind and industrious man who breaks the deal. He is down to the earth,” Mai Ceesay, a former female youth President of the UDP, said.
Mr. Barrow beat two other contenders, Lamin Darboe and Momodou Jarju of Kanifing Municipality and Brikama, respectively. He was named after the party concluded its selection process in Banjul.
Mr. Barrow was born at Mankamang Kunda, a small Jimara village that lies few kilometers from Basse. He attended Koba Kunda Primary School then Crab Island Secondary School. Barrow obtained scholarship to further his education at Muslim High School. After graduation, he worked with Alhagie Musa & Sons for so many years, rising through the ranks until he became the Sales Manager. Barrow traveled to the United Kingdom to study. He came home after he had graduated with a degree in Real Estate. In 2006, Barrow established Majum Real Estate. He has since been the Chief Executive Officer of Majum.
Adama is the son of Mamudu Barrow and Kaddijatou Jallow. The father of five is married to Fatou Bah and Sarjo Mballow.