Sheriff Mustapha Dibba Politician

Sheriff Mustapha Dibba (10 January 1937, Salikene, Central Baddibu – 2 June 2008) was a veteran Gambian politician who served as the country's National Assembly speaker from 2002 to 2006. He was also leader of the National Convention Party (NCP). Dibba was the son of Mustapha Dibba, a Mandika farmer. He was educated at Armitage School and from 1955 to 1957 at the Methodist Boys High School in Bathurst. He worked as a clerk for the United Africa Company before resigning in 1959 to work for the recently formed People's Progressive Party. There he organized the party's youth wing and was elected to the House of Representatives as representative for Baddibu in the 1962 election. Dibba was The Gambia's first vice-president. He resigned from that position in 1975 and later formed the National Convention Party (NCP). Following elections in 1977, the NCP became the main opposition party in the Gambia. He was incarcerated in 1981 for alleged involvement in the foiled coup attempt that year, but was freed after 11 months in detention. A presidential election was held on 4 May 1982, months after a constitutional amendment instituting direct election of the country's head of state.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 10th, 1937
Date of death
June 2nd, 2008 at age of 71
Place of death
Banjul, Gambia
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction

Political engagements

National Convention Party

Geographic scope


Wikipedia article

The National Convention Party is a political party in Gambia. It was the main opposition party between 1975 and 1994. It was originally banned from participating in elections after the coup of 1994. Its candidate at the presidential elections of 18 October 2001, Sheriff Dibba, came fourth with 3.77% of the popular vote. At the last legislative elections, held on 17 January 2002, the party won no seats.


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