Famous Senegalese Men

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Patrick Vieira
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Patrick Vieira
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Birthdate: June 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dakar

Patrick Vieira is a football manager and former footballer. Vieira, who was an important member of the France national team, is currently serving as the manager of Crystal Palace Football Club which competes in the Premier League. Widely regarded as one of the best players of his time, Vieira helped his team win its first FIFA World Cup in 1998.

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Patrice Evra
(Footballer - Left-back for France)
Patrice Evra
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Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Sadio Mané
(Footballer)
Sadio Mané
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Birthdate: April 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sédhiou

Sadio Mané is one of the greatest Senegalese football players of all time. He is Senegal's fifth all-time top goal-scorer and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2020. One of Liverpool's key players, Sadio serves as an inspiration to youngsters as he succeeded as a footballer in spite of his father forbidding him from playing as a child.

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Akon
(Solo R&B and Hip-Hop Artist to Hold Both No.1 & No.2 Position at Billboard Hot 100 Simultaneously Twice)
Akon
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Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Akon is one of the most successful R&B, hip hop and rap singers in the world. His albums Trouble, Konvicted, Freedom, El Negreeto and Akonda have many chartbusters songs. He has also founded record labels Akonik Label Group, KonLive Distribution and Konvict Mizik. He courted controversy in 2007 for an onstage act involving simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl.

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Tacko Fall
(Basketball player)
Tacko Fall
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Birthdate: December 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Édouard Mendy
(Footballer goalkeeper)
Édouard Mendy
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Birthdate: March 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montivilliers, France
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Kalidou Koulibaly
(Footballer Centre-back)
Kalidou Koulibaly
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Birthdate: June 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France

Born to Senegalese parents in France, Kalidou Koulibaly initially played for France U20 and then captained the Senegal national team. He took Senegal to the finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He has often opened up about racism, especially after once being called a “monkey” by a Florentina fan.

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Papiss Cissé
(Footballer)
Papiss Cissé
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Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar
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Bacary Sagna
(Football player)
Bacary Sagna
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Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sens, France
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Youssou N'Dour
(Senegalese Musician and Former Culture Minister Who Pioneered the Mbalax Genre)
Youssou N'Dour
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Birthdate: October 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is known for popularizing the musical genre mbalax. The Grammy Award- and Praemium Imperiale-winning singer has also served as Senegal’s culture and tourism minister. Initially part of the Star Band, he later formed Étoile de Dakar. He has also starred in the British-American movie Amazing Grace.

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Demba Ba
(Association football player)
Demba Ba
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Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sèvres

Demba Ba is a former professional footballer who played as a striker in several teams, including Chelsea, West Ham United, and Newcastle United. He started playing football as a child and made his first-team debut with the team Rouen in 2005. He has been associated with many clubs since turning professional. He has also played for the Senegal national team. 

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Léopold Sédar Senghor
(1st President of Senegal)
Léopold Sédar Senghor
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Birthdate: October 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Joal Fadiout, Senegal
Died: December 20, 2001

Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese cultural theorist, poet, and politician. He was Senegal's first president, a position in which he served from 1960 to 1980. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent African intellectuals, Senghor is credited with founding the Senegalese Democratic Bloc party. Senghor received many awards, including the African Studies Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Mame Biram Diouf
(Senegalese footballer)
Mame Biram Diouf
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Birthdate: December 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar
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Moussa Sow
(Association football player)
Moussa Sow
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Birthdate: January 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mantes-la-Jolie
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Henri Saivet
(Footballer midfielder)
Henri Saivet
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Birthdate: October 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Henri Camara
(Senegalese footballer)
Henri Camara
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Birthdate: May 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar
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Armand Traoré
(Association football player)
Armand Traoré
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Birthdate: October 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
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Askia Mohammad I
(The Founder of the Askia Dynasty of the Songhai Empire)
Askia Mohammad I
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Birthdate: 1443 AD
Birthplace: Futa Tooro, Senegal
Died: 1538 AD

Askia Mohammad I, or Askia the Great, established the Askia Dynasty of the Songhai Empire and reigned as its first ruler. Known for his efficient administration, than his fighting prowess, he introduced provinces and provincial governors in his kingdom. He also developed trade with Asia and Europe.

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Mamadou N'Diaye
(Basketball player)
Mamadou N'Diaye
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Birthdate: September 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Baaba Maal
(Singer)
Baaba Maal
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Birthdate: November 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Podor, Senegal
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Khouma Babacar
(Senegalese footballer)
Khouma Babacar
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Birthdate: March 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal
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Macky Sall
(The 4th President of Senegal)
Macky Sall
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Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatick

The 4th president of Senegal, Macky Sall has previously also been Senegal’s prime minister and the President of the National Assembly. Initially part of the Senegalese Democratic Party, he later joined the Alliance for the Republic. He has also been Senegal’s minister of mines, energy, and water, and the mayor of Fatick.

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Diafra Sakho
(Senegalese footballer)
Diafra Sakho
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Birthdate: December 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guédiawaye
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Abdou Diouf
(Politician)
Abdou Diouf
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Birthdate: September 7, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louga

Abdou Diouf is a Senegalese politician who served as the president of Senegal from 1981 to 2000. Abdou Diouf is renowned for gracefully surrendering power to his successor Abdoulaye Wade, thereby contributing immensely to African peace. Wade went on to say that Diouf deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for exiting without violence.

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Abdoulaye Wade
(Politician)
Abdoulaye Wade
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Birthdate: May 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kébémer Department

Former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade and the current Senegalese Democratic Party secretary-general Abdoulaye Wade had practiced as a lawyer in France for a while after completing his PhD. Following his return to Senegal, he became an academic. His presidency was plagued by charges of corruption and nepotism.

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Alfred Gomis
(Football goalkeeper)
Alfred Gomis
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Birthdate: September 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Senegal
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Diomansy Kamara
(Association football player)
Diomansy Kamara
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Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
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Ousmane Sembène
(Senegalese film director)
Ousmane Sembène
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Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Casamance, Senegal
Died: June 9, 2007
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Famara Diédhiou
(Senegalese footballer)
Famara Diédhiou
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Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Louis, Senegal
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Ali Dia
(Senegalese footballer)
Ali Dia
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Birthdate: August 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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DeSagana Diop
(Basketball player)
DeSagana Diop
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Birthdate: January 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Frank Vandenbroucke
(Belgian Road Racing Cyclist)
Frank Vandenbroucke
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Birthdate: November 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mouscron, Belgium
Died: October 12, 2009

Frank Vandenbroucke was a Belgian road racing cyclist. Despite his troubles with drug addiction, Vandenbroucke was seen as a bright prospect and a great hope for Belgian cycling. However, his addiction ultimately led to his estrangement from the world of cycling. Frank Vandenbroucke died at the age of 34 due to a pulmonary embolism.

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Aliou Cissé
(Senegalese football coach)
Aliou Cissé
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Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Senegal
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El Hadji Diouf
(Footballer)
El Hadji Diouf
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Birthdate: January 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar
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Oumar Niasse
(Senegalese footballer)
Oumar Niasse
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Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ouakam
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Keita Baldé Diao
(Football Forward, winger)
Keita Baldé Diao
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Birthdate: March 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arbúcies, Spain
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Richard Bohringer
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Birthdate: January 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moulins, France
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Mamadou Niang
(Football player)
Mamadou Niang
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Birthdate: October 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matam, Senegal
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Cheikhou Kouyaté
(Senegalese Football Central Midfielder or Centre-Back)
Cheikhou Kouyaté
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Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar

Senegalese footballer Cheikhou Kouyaté who has played as both a midfielder and a defender is now associated with the club Nottingham Forest. Starting his senior career with the Belgian team RWDM Brussels, he later won 4 Belgian Pro Leagues with Anderlecht. He was also part of the 2021 African Cup of Nations-winning Senegalese team.

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Maurice Ndour
(Basketball player)
Maurice Ndour
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Birthdate: June 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal
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Khalifa Diop
(Basketball player)
Khalifa Diop
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Birthdate: January 15, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Senegal
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Pape Diouf
(Journalist)
Pape Diouf
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abeche, Chad
Died: March 31, 2020
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Karim Mané
(Basketball player)
Karim Mané
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Birthdate: May 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Youssoupha Fall
(Basketball player)
Youssoupha Fall
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Birthdate: January 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Dame N'Doye
(Football player)
Dame N'Doye
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Birthdate: February 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal
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Ismaël Lô
(Musician)
Ismaël Lô
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Birthdate: August 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dogondoutchi, Niger
Mamadou N'Diaye (basketball, born 1975)
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Birthdate: June 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Lamine Diack
(Sports administrator, Athletic)
Lamine Diack
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Birthdate: June 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Blaise Diagne
(Political Leader)
Blaise Diagne
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Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorée
Died: May 11, 1934

Blaise Diagne was a Senegalese-French political leader who became the first black African elected to the French Chamber of Deputies. He was also the first to hold a position in the French government. He actively advocated for equal rights for all and was a pioneer of black African electoral politics. He was a freemason.

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Habib Koite
(Singer-songwriter)
Habib Koite
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Birthdate: January 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thies, Senegal