Fatoumatta Barrow Miss Gambia 2019

Fatoumatta Barrow was born in The Gambia and raised in Saudi Arabia. She now lives in Salt Lake
City, Utah, attending the University of Utah. She is a certified Nurse’s Assistant and currently pursuing a
degree in Nursing. She works at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She is currently working on her own
nonprofit in The Gambia, “Breaking Barriers to Education”, she works by creating a comfortable, fun and
learning environment for students. Fatoumatta is a natural born leader, she works to serve and give
back to her community. With passion for acting she ran her schools “Drama Club” for 4 years, and also
Vice President for the student council. As President of the “Community Service Club”, she raised money
and awareness to support impoverished families and children in crisis .She also Joined the “Model
United Nations” club (An academic simulation of the united nations) and attended a conference where
she represented Zimbabwe in the Human Rights Council. She would also love to use her Nursing career
to assist others and make an improvement in health care, not only in her country but other
underdeveloped nations.

Three years later after Fatoumatta’s parents lost their first born, Fatoumatta was born in The Gambia
Serrekunda in 1997. They lived in a two-bedroom apartment with an outdoor bathroom shared with
other tenants. After her sister was born, Fatoumatta’s father built a house in Sukuta, Gambia and they
moved in 2000. She lived with a lot of her extended family,in Gambia when relatives visit from the
village, they never leave, as a kid she loved having family around though. Gambia was stable, the biggest
concerns for most parents were getting food for the family and paying for school. Food comes first, so if
parents cannot afford school, children stay home. Unlike other kids,Fatoumatta and her siblings were
fortunate, they went to a good school, wokeup to an alarm clock instead of a rooster and ate cereal for
breakfast. Her parents were the most hardworking people she knew growing up. Her father worked
hard to give what his parents could not give to him. Her mother owned her own business, she taught her
everything about the Gambian culture. Her mother cannot stand an ashy child, so she made sure
Fatoumatta and her siblings are moisturized every morning. Fatoumatta’s mother always said “if your
dad was not educated, you will not be this fortunate.” She was right, her father never stopped
advancing his education.

 In 2009, Fatoumatta’s father got a new job in Saudi Arabia,new
environment,better house,they were living the dream. Financially her family was doing great, but it was
bittersweet,she had to make new friends,and learn a new language. For being the first black girl in her
school,she and her siblings experienced racism,her classmates use to separate themselves from the
black girls. Fatoumatta’s best friend was bullied for hanging out with me,although racism still existed ,it
wasn’t systemic, rather individual. After going back to Gambia for summer, Fatoumatta discovered a lot
about herself. At the age of thirteen, she discovered her passion for health care and her goal to be a
Nurse. Although Fatoumatta was not raised in The Gambia,she grew up with The Gambian
culture,traditions,and religion.