ForeverMissed
In memory of our beloved father, Abdoulie Dandeh-Njie, who sadly passed away on 6 April, 2021.

He was many things to many people, enriching those he came into contact with. He was 'Daddy Dandeh' to many and his presence will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Henry Forde on April 18, 2021
Pa Abu!
As a successful entrepreneur we can only admire and learn from the manner in which you built and ran your businesses.
You were unique in so many way……..most of all we liked your conversations……..softly spoken, intelligent and very direct!
To the family, we say “ush for berin oh”.
We pray the Good Lord will continue to comfort and guide you during this sad time.
Sir, you will be sadly missed.
RIP
Posted by Jacqueline Maxwell on April 17, 2021
That beautiful smile...Laughter, fun, and quiet generosity. These are my memories of Uncle Dandeh. May he rest in Eternal Peace.
Posted by Julee Awoonor-Gordon on April 16, 2021
RIPP sir. Your legacy lives on.
May your soul rest in perfect peace
Posted by Herbert Norman on April 15, 2021
Uncle Dandeh as I've always called him was a perfect gentleman. No worries, no problem, no wahala. My stay in the Gambia was well worth it.
I remember when I started working at S. Madi's and the folks thought I was there as a "spy."
Our trips every morning to work, coming home, I'll find my way but he was always concerned. I remember my first pack of Piccadilly, we had our smoking days but he gave it up, unbelievably so.
He used to pick up a friend by Kanifing on our way to Banjul and one day, we were running late and this guy got upset. I told uncle Dandeh to leave him next time, but being the gentleman that he was, he continued to give him a ride. Our cricket days as I was the youngest on the team - Worcester. His wonderful sense of humour.
To date, I always repeat the words he told me when I was leaving for the States in 1978 and it still holds true today.
Glad we spent some time with the family in London in 2017 including my two grandkids and Akua, my daughter, his god-child.
May your gentle and perfect soul rest in peace, uncle Dandeh. We will miss you dearly.
Posted by Oumie Dandeh McDonough on April 15, 2021
Words cannot express my grief and sadness.

Until we meet again Daddy.

Love always
Oumie Dandeh
Posted by Laurena A Manga on April 15, 2021
Daddy Dandeh was an amazing grandpa, father and a boss. He was very welcoming and always ready to listen and assist. He was a confidante, a friend , an adviser and a grandpa everyone will wish to have.... Thanks for everything Daddy... May he continue to rest well in the lord’s bosom .....You will forever be remembered and missed Daddy..
Posted by Christina Bright on April 15, 2021
Uncle Abou will always be remembered for his kindness and love for all. He was very fond of his children and a father figure to many. Over the years I had the pleasure of seeing him on more than one occassion at Isha's house during his visits to the UK.
When my uncle Joe passed in October 2018, he called me on FaceTime to express his condolences. Sadly the last time I saw and spoke to him.
Growing up as a kid, I remember spending much time with Isha and Oumie and joining the family at their usual picnics at his farm in Tanji. He would always ensure we all had a lovely time.
Uncle Abou will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Carmetta Evans on April 15, 2021
You were a really lovely man who welcomed not only my brother Ian into your family but all of us too. You were very charming and warm and funny too. My sister and I have a lovely memory of when we ‘kidnapped’ you to go for lunch in France for Badou and Celine’s wedding.
Take your rest in Allah’s arms Uncle Abu
Posted by Alpha Barry on April 15, 2021
Uncle Abou left a good legacy, he was an exceptionally gifted gentleman and excelled in any activity he was involved in. He was born a leader and he led with style, grace and humility. He was one of my role models who I admired and respected greatly. The Gambia has lost one of it's illustrious sons. May Allah SWT grant him the highest Jannah and grant the family and friends the fortitude to withstand such great loss.
Posted by Oulaye Tommy on April 14, 2021
Nijaay ,Suma Nijaay,
You were and will always be an inspiration to me. You were the Father I never had. You will always be my hero Nijaay. I can never repay your kindness and the way you have cared for me .You have left a void that will never be filled. Your death came to me as a shock and as you sit in the arms of the Almighty Allah I mourn you . May Allah grant you the highest of Jannah. May the good Angles and Rasululla welcome you .
Rest in peace Daddy Dandeh
Posted by Fer Maxwell on April 14, 2021
Uncle Dandeh
Devoted to his kids and family, so many fun memories of him, he would make us laugh with his jokes till our sides hurt, Great confidant, good advisor he would say "Beola Great idea go for it can't see it failing " after looking at the details .
will be greatly missed 
So many fun memories and events of him with a little chuckle to myself of Uncle Dandeh
Rest in perfect peace

Beola Paps-king
Posted by Penda Dibba on April 14, 2021
We have known the Dandeh Njie family all our lives and like my sister Oley said we are family friends. Daddy Dandeh as we fondly called him was a joy to be around. His laugh made you comfortable around him and he could get you to talk about anything. He fondly called me “so so Dandeh” a joke we shared when Isha, Oumie, Badou and I visited the USA during our high school days.
My husband (his cousin), who was fond of Daddy Dandeh told me a few months back had said he would love to go see him but that was not to happen.
We will dearly miss him. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Oley Dibba-Wadda on April 14, 2021
Uncle Abou was one of “the favorite” dads we enjoyed being around with when we were growing up. My siblings (Penda & Omey) and I were childhood friends with Isha, Oumie and Badou and so were our parents, and we would often visit each other and have sleepovers at each others house. But we were more eager to stay over with the Dandeh Njies’ at Latri Kunda and later at Pipeline Fajara and at Atlantic Road “Kerr Nyeti Abdou” and in London near Kensington Olympia.  Uncle Abou was full of humor and had a contagious smile - always ever pleasant and made us all feel comfortable and at home whenever we were around him. I remember we would go for picnics some Sundays with the family at his farm in Tanji and he would tell us stories. The bond and friendship he had with his children was special as he always humbled himself jokingly with them as if they were mates.
Uncle Abou was part of our lives growing up and we will cherish those wonderful memories. You have done your part Uncle Abou  rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Dador Saye on April 14, 2021
Inna Lillaahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji'oon
To My grandfather, Daddy Dandeh
The greatest man I have ever known
A true leader, a great husband, a great father and the most amazing grandad.
I have never in my life felt this kind of sadness, but that just goes to show the impact he had in my life.
He was the first father figure I had in my life some would call it ‘first love’
He was at every school event, always ready to say a prayer over me even when I’d wake him up early to do so. For about 10 years I lived with grandpa and aunty z and I feel so blessed to have had experienced such precious moments with him.
I went everywhere with them. I slept in between them for many years lol, went on soo many holidays but my favourites were every Sunday when grandpa and I would go to his farm in tanji and luckily when he was still able we took a trip there again. he was truly amazing.
He was my protector, my best friend and the greatest advisor. Every Eid that I celebrated in Gambia, he and I would go to the mosque and pray together even after we moved, it was our thing.
The wisdom and the gems he has left with me I’ll never forget.
I don’t know life without you Daddy Dandeh and honestly I never pictured it.He was in a way immortal in my mind.
I will miss you deeply and will never forget you, I will continue to pray for you and live up to the person you hoped I’d be. Grandpa may Allah(SWT) grant you the highest Jannah enlarge your grave inshaallah and shed light upon you in it. May Allah(SWT) forgive you of all your sins and may we meet one day in Jannah inshaallah.
I love you forever and always.
-Dador Saye
Posted by Isha Cole on April 14, 2021
My wonderful and great Daddy... my confidant and friend how I miss you! You have been my inspiration and guiding light who has always been there for me and believed in me. You taught me so much including the sense of responsibility and commitment and the meaning of love. Our unwavering bond will remain forever.

Sleep well and rest in perfect peace Daddy Dandeh. Forever in my thoughts and prayers. Love you always Isha.
Posted by Desmond A-G on April 13, 2021
Continue to rest in perfect peace.

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Posted by Henry Forde on April 18, 2021
Pa Abu!
As a successful entrepreneur we can only admire and learn from the manner in which you built and ran your businesses.
You were unique in so many way……..most of all we liked your conversations……..softly spoken, intelligent and very direct!
To the family, we say “ush for berin oh”.
We pray the Good Lord will continue to comfort and guide you during this sad time.
Sir, you will be sadly missed.
RIP
Posted by Jacqueline Maxwell on April 17, 2021
That beautiful smile...Laughter, fun, and quiet generosity. These are my memories of Uncle Dandeh. May he rest in Eternal Peace.
Posted by Julee Awoonor-Gordon on April 16, 2021
RIPP sir. Your legacy lives on.
May your soul rest in perfect peace
his Life

Early Years and education

Abdoulie was born on 1 March 1937 in Banjul, The Gambia to Alieu Badara Njie and Oumie Sowe, the oldest of five children.

He was educated at Methodist Boys High School, the Master William Adult School and he also attended Daara at Pa Jobarteh.

"At an early age, he showed keen interest and promise especially in football, cricket, athletics, table tennis, lawn tennis and a variety of indoor games; his versatile sporting activities coupled with self- discipline and loyalty to his school, was to earn him sports Captain of Aggrey House and sports captain of Methodist Boys High School."                       Charles Thomas
 
His disciple and dedication led him to excel not only academically but also in sport and at an early age represent his School, National and International teams at both football and cricket. 

In the United Kingdom he attended Westminster College in London, was articled at a firm of Chartered Accountants and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He served as the Secretary General of the Gambia Students Union in the UK form 1962 to 1966.


Family

Abdoulie (Daddy Dandeh) was a wonderful father and family always came first.

Abdoulie and Clarissa Aino Norman were married in 1965 and they had three children Isha , Oumie and Badou.

Abdoulie and Zahra Bensouda were married in 1970 and they had three children Ebou, Haddy and Kader.

Ian, Saida, Bill, Celine and Basadi (the in-laws) were much his children as his own and he welcomed them into the family.

He is survived by eleven grandchildren-Sean, Siad, Dador, Isha, Sade, Ebou, Abdoulie, Fatima, Zain, Seline and Serena.

Career Highlights

Abdoulie started is career in the United Kingdom as an Accountant/Taxation Consultant and was admitted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

He returned to the Gambia, where he became the Accountant for the S Madi Group of Companies and in 1979 became the Managing Director for S Madi (Gambia) ltd, a post he held until 1997.

In 2010, Abdoulie created Abden Company Ltd, of which he was the Chief Executive Officer.

Other notable positions (Chairman/Directorship) held:
  • 1st Vice President of Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Fish Marketing Co-operation
  • Technical Services & Supply (Gambia) Ltd
  • Gambia Airways Ltd
  • Gambia International Airlines
  • Marina International School
  • Gambia College
  • Vice-Chairman First international Bank Ltd
Abdoulie also served his country as a Member of Parliament from 1982 to 1992. He was a member of People's Progressive Party, serving as a member of the Central Committee, the National Executive Committee and the Selection Committee. Over this period he served as Chairman of the Public accounts Committee and also the Treasurer of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Gambia Branch).
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First Division Football in The Gambia

Shared by Badou Dandeh-Njie on April 12, 2021
His league team was White Phantoms, a formidable 1st Division team in the 50's and 60's, great rivals mainly of Augustinians FC and Gambia United. He played in the same team as football legends: goalkeeper Amou Taal, the agile forward Eku Forbes, and master- defender Ebou Mass Taal. One of his greatest supporters was a young boy called Birri Njie who used to carry Abou's football boots and sports bags before he himself became a famous football hero of The Gambia - Charles Thomas