Two of Africa's smallest nations, the neighboring nations of the Gambia and Cape Verde have traversed distinct journeys. A former British colony, the Gambia — surrounded by Senegal on three sides — has had rare postindependence stability with just three rulers in half a century, but 23 of those years were under a dictator. One of Africa's poorest nations, it stands in contrast with Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony that is economically far better off and routinely rates among Africa's most democratic nations.

Gambian Warriors Fight for a Greener Future

The tiny West African nation is emerging as a model of activism in battling climate change and managing waste.

Soccer's Little Giant Will Surprise You

This West African country has been the world’s most consistently successful small nation in soccer since 2010.

How the Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food

By empowering local communities, this West African nation may have found a way to square the circle.

He Helped Unseat the Gambian Dictator — Who's Next?

This 36-year-old American plans to unseat Africa’s despots.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

When a Country's Biggest City Lies Outside Its Borders

Countries are losing their citizens to foreign cities.

Unseating a Dictator? No Problem for Young Gambians

The young people of Gambia have spoken, and they’re demanding an overhaul of the future.

Yahya Jammeh: The Worst Dictator You've Never Heard Of

This eccentric African president claims he can cure AIDS.

One Celebrity Preacher to Lead Them All

The self-made preacher’s hustle came complete with capes, long hair, red-white-and-blue lacquered fingernails, and 42 mansions, all on the back of his electrifying rendering of the Word.


When Katty Met Carlos

From the BBC and OZY comes a fresh perspective on the debate about America’s future as a nation and its relation to the world during the 2020 US election.