Category Archives: West Africa – Senegal

Just in: Inferno hit Dakar’s memorial market.

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Firefighters worked through the night in a bid to stop a huge blaze that destroyed Dakar’s historic market.


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As school resumes: Teacher in Senegal crowdfunds school rebuild

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Schoolteacher Mamadou Junior Diakhatรฉ is on a mission to rebuild a school in Senegal in time for students to pass their exams to enter high school.

The teacher nicknamed “Junior” used his social media accounts to crowdfund the rebuild and has raised about 3,000 euros.

The institution was shut due to the coronavirus pandemic in March and only pupils who were sitting the tests could partially return in June, coinciding with the heavy rain period.

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“This school must host students on September 14th for exams and look at the state of the classrooms. So we came to give a hand,” said Diakhatรฉ.

“With the money we buy equipment, then we publish on social media the invoices, everything the money was use for. We show before and after photos and regular updates. So people trust us because they see that their donation is used for something and not used for other purposes .”-

Thanks to his popular Twitter page, he has raised about 3,000 euros. But he says one headteacher accused him of playing politics.

But many other schools in the country are in the same state. He’s received about 40 requests from schools in similar conditions.


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Akon City Underway In Senegal.

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Business Development in Africa
Akon City, the futuristic pan-African city named after and envisioned by Senegalese-American Hip hop R&B recording artist Akon, is officially underway. Located in Mbodiene, Senegal some 100 kilometres from the capital, the grammy-nominated star intends for this project to provide much-needed jobs to the Senegalese and serve as home to people of African ancestry in the Diaspora who feel out of place due to racial injustice they face outside the Motherland.

Akon City is afrofuturistic
He explained, “I wanted to build a city with or a project like this, that will give them (Black Americans) the motivation that there is a home back home and it’s something they can relate to. That they are familiar with, and it’s something they don’t have to fear and they also have a choice. Because the system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way.”

Afro Diaspora and Africa
Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, spent much of his childhood in the West African country.

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Senegalese authorities have embraced him as a native son, introducing him by his given name Aliuane Thiam and praising him for investing in Africa at a time of such global financial uncertainty.

Alioune Sarr, Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, expressed his admiration and appreciation for such a huge investment in Senegal, “This is how we show ourselves in Africa, that while Covid-19 makes all the countries of the world doubt the confidence they have in their economy, during this time, a Senegalese, an investor, who could stay in the United States all his life, decides to come and invest in his country.”

It was a true celebratory kickoff indeed on Monday as the first phase of the $6 billion project will begin in 2021 โ€” with a third of the financial investment already secured by as yet unidentified investors due to non-disclosure agreements.

Afrofuturistic Paradise
Akon could not contain his excitement, “When this project came about that was actually before the movie (‘Black Panther’). But when the movie came it was almost like a blessing, almost like God allowed this movie to be successful for me to get compared to such success to give people that mind state that this can be possible in Africa. And it also motivated us too when we were creating the city from an architectural standpoint that it has to feel and it has to be futuristic.”

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RIP Chadwick Boseman and “Wakanda Forever” perhaps in the form of Akon City

Akon City is to be an African utopia with everything available to its inhabitants. Its own hospital, police stations, plus a seaside resort, a tech hub and even a recording studio. A hotel within the city plans is to feature rooms with themes of each of the 54 African countries. The city will also boast a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will evolve into a thriving film industry in Senegal and even have its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin.

The almost surrealist, water-like designs of Akon City will be structured out of glass and metal – and were inspired by forms of traditional African art found in villages continent-wide since the beginning of Africaโ€™s long history.

Many compare Akon City to Wakanda, the fictional technologically advanced African kingdom in the blockbuster record-breaking movie โ€˜Black Panther.โ€™ A huge honour for Akon, especially after having just lost the Chadwick Boseman at 43 years to colon cancer โ€” the iconic and beloved actor who portrayed the royal superhero in the film and was a real-life hero to many in the global Afro community.


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As school resumes: Universities in Senegal reopening

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Senegal’s universities began reopening their doors on Tuesday after being closed for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the county’s largest university, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, the 78,000 students were split into three groups.

Some will attend classes in person on rotation with others who will do online classes.

Senegal has eight universities but other institutions will open later in the week.

They must now adhere to COVID-19 safety rules, which include social distancing measures.

There have been over 13,500 coronavirus cases in the country with more than 250 deaths, according to data from The World Health Organization.


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