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Senegal Culture and Religion

According to COMPUTERGEES, Senegal is a republic located in West Africa. Its official name is République du Senegal, Republic of Senegal. It is bordered to the north by Mauritania, to the east by Mali, to the south by the Republic of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The Gambia, a small and very narrow country, which stretches along the Gambia River,… Read More »

Senegal Economy

Senegal’s gross domestic product (according to World Bank estimates for 2006) was $ 9,186 million, which was equivalent to a per capita income of $ 760.90. Although the predominant activity in the country is still agriculture, the industrial sector is experiencing growth that places it among the first in West Africa. However, the economy continues to be overly dependent… Read More »

Senegal History

In Senegalese territory, archaeologists have found remains of civilizations dating back to the Neolithic and Palaeolithic periods. Around the year 500 the Wolof (or Uolof) and Serer from the northeast settled in the country. In the 9th century, the Tukolor settled in the Senegal River Valley and their powerful Tekrur state dominated eastern Senegal between the 11th and 14th centuries. During… Read More »

Senegal Geography and Demography

Geography The country is practically a plain with low elevations that do not exceed 100 m in height, except in the extreme southeast, at the foot of Futa Yallon, where they can reach more than 500 m. The hydrographic network consists of the Senegal River (which forms the northern border with Mauritania), the Saloum, the Gambia and… Read More »

Music and Dance in Senegal

Music in Senegal Within the folk tradition, professional musicians play a more important role than usual in African countries. Professional griots (singers and storytellers) recite poems and historical quads and perform in ensembles with one-string lute, flutes, drums and rattles. They were formerly most associated with chieftains, but more and more are becoming freelance musicians… Read More »

Senegal Literature

Both in African languages ​​and in French, Senegal has a rich literary tradition dating back to the 19th century. In addition, literature, especially of a religious nature, was written in Arabic as early as the 18th century. Much of the traditional poetry depicted the life of the mythical ruler Lat Dior, who opposed the French… Read More »

History of Senegal

Senegal. From the island of Goree outside Senegal’s capital Dakar. The island was once an important port for the shipment of slaves from West Africa. Archaeological finds show settlement in Senegal at least 15,000 years ago. Wolof – and serer people immigrated from the northeast around 500 AD Islamization was begun by the Almoravids in… Read More »

Senegal Arts and Literature

Literature From Senegal come some of the most important authors of French-language African literature, most notably the country’s president in 1960–80, the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor, who launched the significant nitrite movement. Also mentioned is Birago Diop, perhaps best known as translator of traditional oral literature, as well as Ousmane Socé and Abdoulaye Sadji, who… Read More »

Senegal Sightseeing Places

Money National currency: 1 CFA (C ommunauté F inancière d ‘ A frique) franc corresponds to 100 centimes. Currency abbreviation: CFA Fr, XOF – ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG Banknotes worth 10,000, 5,000, 1,000 and 500 CFA Fr are in circulation. Coins are available in nominal amounts of 500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA… Read More »

Geography of Senegal

Most of Senegal consists of lowland covered with sedimentary rocks from Cretaceous, Tertiary and Quaternary. At the far west is the Cap Vert headland, the capital of Dakar. In this volcanic terrain, where the bedrock mostly consists of basalt, there are a number of smaller, hard and angular plateaus. Within the headland is a large… Read More »