Before the pandemic, The Gambia, in West Africa, was a go-to destination for British tourists in search of winter sun, sea – and sex. From one-night stands to whirlwind weddings, stories of older British women hooking up with younger Gambian men have made headlines in recent years. It has been dubbed ‘Granbia’ by the press. But behind the tabloid headlines, what’s really going on? Is it just a bit of harmless fun in the sun, or is it more complicated? Fifteen years on from his last visit to the country, reporter Seyi Rhodes sets off on a holiday with a difference. He meets British women: 58-year-old Michelle, who recently married a younger Gambian man, Ebu; and Michelle’s friend, 60-year-old P, who regularly visits The Gambia on holiday for a bit of ‘fun’. Rhodes finds out about the locals’ perspective when he meets 32-year-old Alka, who’s due to marry a Belgian woman who he says is 85 and has given him 60,000 euros to build a house for them. Seyi asks who is gaining the most from these relationships? And given the widespread poverty in the country, can relationships between tourists and locals ever be equal?
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