Usually people start dating in their teens, although in the rural areas courting can begin earlier than that.
Young people dating do not physically express their love in public except at parties or when they are amongst people their own age.
As a woman, don't be surprised if a man comes and tells you he loves you; that is how it is done.
If a man approaches a woman then no matter how long the conversation the words 'nobb' or 'sop' may come up.
The word actually means "like" but very often they are mistranslated by local people who think it means "I love you", but actually it means "I like you".
However, other relationships may be platonic; this may be co-workers, neighbours etc, who are friends and may visit each other quite often, although this sometimes may result in a physical relationship.
Sexual matters are discussed among peers of the same sex group.
He is now hoping to find lasting happiness with Isatou Jarju, 30, a café owner."My new girlfriend is different," insists David, who was divorced from his British wife in 1992."It may be stupid but I always follow my heart."Relationships forged in the tropical sunshine of West Africa are the ultimate holiday romances.
Who wouldn't enjoy strolling down to the beach or pool every morning, sipping piña coladas from a freshly harvested coconut and lazing for hours in the sun with a new love? Others struggle to survive once transposed from Banjul to Birmingham. Denise Hardwick was just one woman among many who found her love did not last.
Humour is used in many situations in Gambia, and it can be a very effective tool to communicate difficult messages without insulting people.