Senegalese

Situated in the westernmost front in the mainland of Eurafrasia, Senegal is a country in West Africa. It takes it name from the Senegal River that borders the country in the east and north. Though the country maintains quite a low-profile as compared to the developed and developing countries of the world, it nevertheless has a large bunch of nationals who have constantly, through their works and achievements, strived to make a name for Senegal on the world map. Interestingly, both men and women have collaboratively contributed to bring fame and glory to Senegal.

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Patrick Vieira
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Patrick Vieira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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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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Listed In: Singers
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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Sadio Mané
(Footballer)

Sadio Mané
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Tacko Fall
(Basketball player)

Tacko Fall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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Kalidou Koulibaly
(Footballer Centre-back)

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Anna Diop
(Actress)

Anna Diop
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Birthdate: February 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Bacary Sagna
(Football player)

Bacary Sagna
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sens, France

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Demba Ba
(Association football player)

Demba Ba
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Papiss Cissé
(Footballer)

Papiss Cissé
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar

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Édouard Mendy
(Footballer goalkeeper)

Édouard Mendy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montivilliers, France

 12 
Youssou N'Dour
(Singer-songwriter)

Youssou N'Dour
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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Mame Biram Diouf
(Senegalese footballer)

Mame Biram Diouf
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar

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Mamadou N'Diaye
(Basketball player)

Mamadou N'Diaye
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 15 
Cheikhou Kouyaté
(Footballer)

Cheikhou Kouyaté
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar

 16 
Léopold Sédar Senghor
(President of Senegal (1960-80))

Léopold Sédar Senghor
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Moussa Sow
(Association football player)

Moussa Sow
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mantes-la-Jolie

 18 
Macky Sall
(Politician, Engineer)

Macky Sall
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatick

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Henri Saivet
(Footballer midfielder)

Henri Saivet
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 20 
Baaba Maal
(Singer)

Baaba Maal
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Podor, Senegal

 21 
Diafra Sakho
(Senegalese footballer)

Diafra Sakho
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guédiawaye

 22 
Henri Camara
(Senegalese footballer)

Henri Camara
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar

 23 
Abdoulaye Wade
(Politician)

Abdoulaye Wade
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 24 
Armand Traoré
(Association football player)

Armand Traoré
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris

 25 
Diarra Sylla
(Singer)

Diarra Sylla
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 26 
Aïssa Maïga
(Actress)

Aïssa Maïga
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Birthdate: May 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 27 
Askia Mohammad I
(Political figure)

Askia Mohammad I
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Birthdate: 1443 AD
Birthplace: Futa Tooro, Senegal
Died: 1538 AD

 28 
Khouma Babacar
(Senegalese footballer)

Khouma Babacar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal

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Abdou Diouf
(Politician)

Abdou Diouf
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Listed In: Leaders
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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Diomansy Kamara
(Association football player)

Diomansy Kamara
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris

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Khoudia Diop
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Birthdate: December 31, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Senegal

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Famara Diédhiou
(Senegalese footballer)

Famara Diédhiou
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Louis, Senegal

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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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DeSagana Diop
(Basketball player)

DeSagana Diop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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El Hadji Diouf
(Footballer)

El Hadji Diouf
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar

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Ali Dia
(Senegalese footballer)

Ali Dia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 37 
Keita Baldé Diao
(Football Forward, winger)

Keita Baldé Diao
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arbúcies, Spain

 38 
Aliou Cissé
(Senegalese football coach)

Aliou Cissé
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Senegal

 39 
Alfred Gomis
(Football goalkeeper)

Alfred Gomis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Senegal

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Richard Bohringer
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Birthdate: January 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moulins, France

 41 
Oumar Niasse
(Senegalese footballer)

Oumar Niasse
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ouakam

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Frank Vandenbroucke
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mouscron, Belgium
Died: October 12, 2009

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Mamadou Niang
(Football player)

Mamadou Niang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matam, Senegal

 44 
Maurice Ndour
(Basketball player)

Maurice Ndour
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal

 45 
Pape Diouf
(Journalist)

Pape Diouf
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abeche, Chad
Died: March 31, 2020

 46 
Karim Mané
(Basketball player)

Karim Mané
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 47 
Youssoupha Fall
(Basketball player)

Youssoupha Fall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 48 
Mariama Bâ
(Writer)

Mariama Bâ
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: August 17, 1981

 49 
Rama Yade
(Politician)

Rama Yade
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

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Ismaël Lô
(Musician)

Ismaël Lô
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dogondoutchi, Niger
Remember the famous poet Phillis Wheatley and her works, ‘On Imagination’ and ‘Atheism’. Do you know that she was a Senegalese? Wheatley was the first African American woman to become a published writer. From being a slave to a renowned poet, Wheatley travelled a long way. Do you find it hard to wrap up your list of world-famous rap artists without the mention of Akon? Do you know that he is a Senegalese too? A child prodigy, Akon’s single ‘Lonely’ was featured in top five list on Billboard Hot 100 charts. Patrick Vieira, French midfielder, has captained Arsenal in several FA Cup tournaments. A Senegalese, he was also the part of the French world cup victory team of 1998. Know more about famous Senegalese, their life and works with this write-up.