How did Badara Alieu Joof die? Gambia’s wise president cause of death explained

Badara Alieu Joof
Badara Alieu Joof, Gambian Vice President died in India


Badara Alieu Joof, a vice president of Gambia passed at the age of 65. Let’s see, how did Joof die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Badara Alieu Joof die?

Vice President Badara Alieu Joof of The Gambia passed away on January 18 in India, according to President Adama Barrow.

Barrow shared the sad news on Twitter, stating that, Joof passed away following a “short illness.”

“Fellow #Gambians it is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of my #VicePresident, His Excellency, Badara Alieu Joof. 

The sad event took place in India after a short illness. 

May Allah grant him Jannahtul Firdawsi,” he said.

Who was Badara Alieu Joof?

A politician and civil servant from The Gambia, Badara Alieu Joof served as vice president from 2022 until his passing. 

Prior to this, he held the position of Minister of Research, Science, and Technology from 2017 to 2022.

Joof attended the Armitage High School and received his education to become a teacher at Yundum Teachers’ College. 

He graduated from the University of Bristol with a bachelor’s in education, the University of London with a master’s in English literature, and the University of Bath with a master’s in development economics.


As a certified teacher, Joof started his profession by instructing English at The Gambia College. 

He later served as the Department’s head for languages & literature at the Nusrat High School. He served as permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education. He became a permanent secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Lands in 2002. 

Joof served as the Gambia’s World Bank liaison officer. He helped Mariama Sarr-Ceesay, minister of higher education to bring a new education policy to the Gambia. 

He also advised the Gambian tourism industry to “move away from routine tourism and become more proactive.” 

He was the project manager for the World Bank’s Support to NGO Network Tango, which had a budget of $220,000 and ran from 2010 to 2013, with the stated goal of “improving the efficiency and accountability of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in delivering basic services to the underprivileged in the member countries.”

In order to better understand the numerous difficulties they encountered, Joof traveled to various project locations in the Gambia in 2013 with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture.

In 2014, he became an Education Specialist in Dakar, Senegal to the World Bank.

Joof was appointed as President Adama Barrow’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology on February 22, 2017.

Badara Alieu Joof cause of death

Badara Alieu Joof cause of death was an illness. He had not been seen in public for a few months before he traveled from Gambia for medical treatment about three weeks ago.

Joof formerly served as an education specialist for West and Central Africa for the World Bank and the Gambian government.

Joof had been the nation’s education minister from 2017 to 2022 before being named the nation’s vice president in that same year.

Tributes to Badara Alieu Joof:

U.S. Embassy Banjul tweeted,

The U.S. Embassy in Banjul sends its deepest condolences to the President of The Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, the Joof Family, and the government and people of The Gambia on the passing of His Excellency, the Vice President of The Republic of The Gambia Badara Alieu Joof

Y.T.C tweeted,

May Badara Alieu Joof rests in peace, We thank Mr. Joof for coming to visit the TRNC on an official visit before his passing. We send our condolences to his loved ones. We hope to see Gambian-Turkish Cypriot ties strengthen to honor his legacy.

Behgjet Pacolli tweeted,

My deepest condolences to #Gambia  President @BarrowPresident, the people of Gambia, and the family of Gambia’s Vice President Joof who has died of illness in India. My thoughts are with his family and the people of #Gambia.

Embassy of The Gambia in Washington, D.C. tweeted,

The Embassy this morning 18 January, 2023 lowered the national flag to half mast in memory of the late Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Alieu Joof. Rest in Peace.

Almameh S Manga tweeted,

I extend my heartfelt condolences to HE the President of the Republic of The Gambia and the entire people of the Gambia on the passing of the VP HE Alieu Joof. May Allah grant him Jannah and all the departed souls. It’s a sad day for the country.


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