Ida: a common first name, in Gambia. (After I met Ida, I began to notice other Idas in my life. I have counted six, in total, since then - always I have stopped to speak with them. And it strikes me now that I have never seen an Ida whose smile was not beautiful).
Allarba: Olof for Wednesday, a corruption of the Arabic. Allarba lies at the middle of the week, and the days turn about it, as if it were a fulcrum - the worst is over, the weekend is visible over the horizon. Everything is not so bad after all, Wednesday announces. (I met Ida on a Wednesday evening. I received the call on a Wednesday night, an almost-Thursday).
: red, in Olof. The color of Ida's favorite kaba, that she wore as much as she could, when she went out. (Ida's skin was a beautiful shade of brown, a rarity for one of her tribe.