The transition from dictatorship to democratic freedom in The Gambia would not have been possible without the courage and determination of the Gambian people. And leading the Gambian people in that struggle to remove longtime dictator Yahya Jammeh, were young people. Africans Rising coordinator and youth human rights activist Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan was among the leaders on the frontline — mobilising on the street and online. Here, he reflects on the lead-up to those historic elections and the dawning of a new day for Gambians. This article was first published in the pan-African social justice news portal, Pambazuka News.