“There are no foreclosed destinies, only deserted responsabilities” has become one of the mottos of the collective of Senegalese singers and journalists known as Y’En A Marre (“Enough is enough” in French). In the wake of the 2012 presidential elections, the group gained international recognition for leading the charge against then President Abdoulaye Wade, who […]
Karim Wade, the son of octogenarian ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, has been sitting in a central Dakar prison for nearly a month as he awaits trial for corruption charges. The younger Wade was arrested and formally charged with illicit enrichment after an investigation revealed that he amassed $1.4 billion in personal wealth.
Senegal voted this weekend. Abdoulaye Wade is gone after 12 years. Macky Sall, once Wade’s protege and variously prime minister and minister of mining under the old man is now in charge. We hope to have a few post election analyses posts up in the next few days. Till then enjoy the exuberance of “the dancing man” filmed by Al Jazeera journalist Azad Essa in Dakar last night.
In a May 2, 2010 article in “The (UK) Guardian,” the singer Youssou N’Dour is quoted saying of the very unpopular Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade (above in the picture with N’Dour): ”I get the feeling the president hears only in mono, these days, not in stereo.” That’s the same N’Dour who for a long time played down any […]