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Ahmadou Bamba

Ahmadou Bamba  

Ca. 1851–1927 Senegalese Muslim scholar.In his lifetime Ahmadou Bamba acquired a following of disciples who would become known after his death as the Muridiyya, a Muslim Sufi way. Sufism ...
Banjul

Banjul  

Capital and largest city of the Republic of Gambia.Shortly after Britain outlawed the transatlantic slave trade in 1804, it began seeking a means of patrolling illegal slave trading in ...
Cape Verde

Cape Verde  

A country comprising an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 563 km (350 miles) westof Cape Verde Peninsula, Senegal, the most westerly point of Africa.Physical.The archipelago is ...
Cheikh Anta Diop

Cheikh Anta Diop  

1923–1986 Historian, Egyptologist, physicist, linguist, and physical and cultural anthropologist.Cheikh Anta Diop is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century. A central ...
Clothing in Africa

Clothing in Africa  

As elsewhere, clothing in Africa has long served more than one purpose. In addition to satisfying human needs for covering and adornment, textiles and clothing provide media for artistic expression ...
Dakar

Dakar  

Capital and largest city of Senegal.Cosmopolitan, hedonistic Dakar has been called the Paris of West Africa. Once the capital of French West Africa, Dakar no longer dominates West Africa ...
DNA: An Alternative Record of African History

DNA: An Alternative Record of African History  

Missing historical identity has always plagued African Americans. In a dramatic protest against this problem, Malcolm Little rejected his American surname and took on X to denote his lost, and ...
Ethnicity in Cape Verde

Ethnicity in Cape Verde  

Historical organization of society and classification of the peoples of Cape Verde.Like most societies, Cape Verde is home to a mixed population that claims ancestry from many different peoples. ...
Fulani

Fulani  

Pastoral people of West Africa widely dispersed through parts of Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon, with smaller numbers in surrounding countries; also known as Peul, Fula, and ...
Gambia

Gambia  

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Formerly a British west African protectorate. Britain became interested in the Gambia in the late 16th cent., concentrating upon the river which gave its name to the territory and provided access to ...
Griot

Griot  

[gree-oh]A kind of bard or itinerant minstrel found in western African societies, who usually sings of local legends, histories, genealogies, or heroic deeds.
Mandinka

Mandinka  

Ethnic group with substantial populations in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea, and smaller clusters in Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire; also known as Mandingo.The Mandinka ...
Mauritania

Mauritania  

A coastal country in north-west Africa, bounded by Morocco and Algeria on the north and by Mali and Senegal on the east and south.Physical.Most of Mauritania lies in the Sahara. Except in the ...
Safi Faye

Safi Faye  

1943– Senegalese film director.Safi Faye is not only one of the few independent African women film directors, but also one of the few who make ethnographic films, which document ...
SembèneOusmane

SembèneOusmane  

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(1923–2007)Senegalese novelist and film‐maker. Unlike contemporaries such as Léopold Senghor, Sembène was not a product of the French colonial education system. His involvement with working‐class ...
Senegal

Senegal  

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One of Africa's most stable democracies, though it still faces armed insurgentsSenegal's northern border is formed by the Sénégal River whose valley provides a fertile strip of land. This soon gives ...
Serer

Serer  

Ethnic group of western Senegal numbering around one million people; also known as Sarer.The Serer live primarily in Senegal and represent one of the largest ethnic affiliations of Senegalese ...
Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N’Dour  

1959?–Senegalese singer of world beat music, best known for blending traditional Senegalese musical techniques with Cuban and jazz inflections.Youssou N’Dour was born in Dakar, Senegal. His mother ...

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