Senegal Culture History of Her People
|Children of Senegal|
- Senegal has a population of over 14.3 million ranking 73rd on the world’s most populous countries.
- Senegal's nationality is Senegalese using both the singular and plural form.
- Languages of Senegal may not surprise you since Senegal was once a French colony, the official language is French, and the other major languages are Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, and Mandinka.
- Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and it is the indigenous language of the ethnic grouping of the Wolof people.
- Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal even though the official language is French, by most Senegalese.
- Senegal Motto is "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi” "One People, One Goal, One Faith"
- Population without electricity is around 55% or 6.4 million, urban areas 90% of people have access to reliable electricity, however in rural areas of Senegal the number drops to 28%.
- Major religion in Senegal is Islam.
- Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.
- It is slightly smaller than the US State of South Dakota.
|Senegal fishing boats|
- Senegal's capital is Dakar that was home to the Dakar Off-Road Rally until 2009 when the race moved to South Africa.
- There are 11 regions in Senegal comparable in function to county seats, Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaolack, Kolda, Louga, Matam, Saint-Louis, Tambacounda, Thies, and Ziguinchor.
- The Dutch established a slave port on island of Goree in 1588 and years later in 1659 it became a key slave trading port.
- During the Seven Years War 1756–1763, Britain took over French posts in Senegal forming the colony of Senegambia.
- Slaves, ivory and gold were exported from the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- The French colonies of Senegal and French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted independence in 1960 as the Mali Federation.
- The 40-year reign of Senegal's Socialist Party came to a diplomatic end in the 2000 elections.
- Senegal’s Patriotic Symbol the African Renaissance Monument is to symbolize the achievement of Africa but some have serious issues with the nudity and symbolism of the 164-foot statue.
- Climbing the 216 steps to the African Renaissance Monument you would not immediately discern that local African artists feel unfairly denied the chance to work on a project of national pride.
- Located in the Senegalese capital of Dakar the African Renaissance Monument cost millions to create, $27 million dollars to be exact. The Senegalese Ex-President, unable to pay the $27 million price tag on the work, gave real estate to North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project, which later sold the land at profit in exchange for the statue.