Happy Independence Day #gambia. The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, and it gained independence from British rule on this day, February 18th 1965. Since then, it has enjoyed relatively consistent political peace and stability, which is a rare feat, especially in West Africa. AfroApparel’s reinterpretation of the Gambian national identity features a fun, unique “necklace” design in the colors of The Gambia’s national flag. Red symbolizes the savanna and the sun, while blue represents the Gambia River after which the country is named. Green is for their land and forests, while white is a symbol of peace.