The Gambia is home to thousands of streets, yet few of them have a name or even a street number.

It’s a conundrum that inspired me to write an article for the BBC this year with headline: The art of drawing your address.

It described the frustration of giving directions in The Gambia, and the difficulty of simple tasks like filling out an address on forms.

People often have to draw their addresses on forms in The Gambia

There was quite a reaction both locally and internationally to my piece – but it seemed to make little difference on the ground.

Last week, one of my colleagues spent 35 minutes on the phone trying to direct a policeman to his house in order to thwart a burglary.

So imagine my delight at reading a recent tweet from Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), saying that a team from Google had visited a few days ago to discuss “an innovative street addressing system”.

“A team from Google Plus Codes visited the Deputy Mayor, Musa Bah, and KMC staff to share their ideas for launching a unique numeric-based address system for residents of Kanifing,” it said.

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