Famous Senegalese Leaders

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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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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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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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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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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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Rama Yade
(Senegalese-Born French Politician, Feminist, and Author)
Rama Yade
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Birthdate: December 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal

Born in Senegal, French politician and author Rama Yade started her career as a top-level civil servant with the French Senate. The UMP member has led France as its Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights and for Sports. She has also represented France at the UNESCO.

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ʿUmar Tal
(West African Islamic Scholar Who Founded the Short-Lived Toucouleur Empire)
ʿUmar Tal
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Birthdate: 1794 AD
Birthplace: Halvar, Senegal
Died: February 12, 1864

ʿUmar Tal was a West African Islamic scholar, political leader, Toucouleur military commander, and Tijani Sufi. He is best remembered for founding the short-lived Toucouleur Empire, which encompassed much of present-day Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, and Mali. ʿUmar Tal remains an important figure in Senegal, Mali, and Guinea. 

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Ousmane Sonko
(Senegalese Politician and Author)
Ousmane Sonko
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Birthdate: July 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Thiès, Senegal

Ousmane Sonko is a Senegalese politician and author. In 2019, he became the youngest candidate to contest in the presidential election in Senegal. Ousmane Sonko challenged Macky Sall, the incumbent president, in the 2019 election and is viewed by many as a notable opposition leader to Macky Sall.

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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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Marieme Faye Sall
(First Lady of Senegal)
Marieme Faye Sall
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Birthplace: Saint-Louis, Senegal Saint-Louis, Senegal

Marieme Faye Sall is a Senegalese public figure best known as the wife of the current President of Senegal, Macky Sall. She was Macky Sall’s advisor during the latter's 2012 presidential campaign. In the same year, Marieme Faye Sall became the first black woman and the first Muslim woman to assume the role of the First Lady of Senegal.

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Viviane Wade
(Former First Lady of Senegal)
Viviane Wade
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Birthdate: September 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Besançon, France

Viviane Wade is a French-born Senegalese public figure. Best known as the wife of former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Viviane achieved popularity for her service as the First Lady of Senegal from 1 April 2000 to 2 April 2012.

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Aminata Toure
(Prime Minister of Senegal from 2013 to 2014)
Aminata Toure
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Birthdate: October 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Aminata Toure is a Senegalese politician best known for her service as the Prime Minister of Senegal from 2013 to 2014. She was only the second female to serve as Senegal's Prime Minister after Mame Madior Boye. Aminata Toure is also known for her service as the Justice Minister of Senegal from 2012 to 2013.

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Mamadou Dia
(1st Prime Minister of Senegal)
Mamadou Dia
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Birthdate: July 18, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Senegal
Died: January 25, 2009

Mamadou Dia was a Senegalese politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Senegal from 18 May 1957 to 18 December 1962. Dia was forced to resign from his post as Prime Minister and was imprisoned amid allegations that he was preparing to enforce a military coup to depose the then-President Léopold Sédar Senghor.

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Soham El Wardini
(Senegalese Politician and Former Mayor of Dakar)
Soham El Wardini
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Latmingué, Kaolack Region, Senegal

Soham El Wardini is a Senegalese politician best known for her service as the Mayor of Dakar from 29 September 2018 to 23 January 2022. She was the first woman politician to serve as the mayor of post-independence Dakar. Previously, Soham El Wardini served as the Deputy Mayor of Dakar from 2014 to 2018.

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Mame Madior Boye
(First Woman to Serve as Senegal's Prime Minister)
Mame Madior Boye
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Birthdate: December 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Senegal

Mame Madior Boye is a Senegalese political leader best known for her service as the Prime Minister of Senegal from 2001 to 2002. Boye was the first woman to serve as Senegal's Prime Minister. Mame Madior Boye's premiership came to an end as a result of the MV Joola sea disaster, which killed over 1,800 people in September 2002.

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Aïssata Tall Sall
(Senegalese Lawyer and Politician)
Aïssata Tall Sall
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Birthdate: December 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Podor, Senegal

A professional lawyer, Aïssata Tall Sall was an expert in business law before stepping into politics and then rose to be the foreign minister of Senegal. A member of the Socialist Party of Senegal, she has also been a minister of communication and the mayor of Podor.

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Awa Marie Coll-Seck
(Senegalese Politician and Infectious Diseases Specialist)
Awa Marie Coll-Seck
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Awa Marie Coll-Seck is a Senegalese politician and infectious diseases specialist. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Health of Senegal on two occasions between 2001 and 2017. Awa Marie Coll-Seck has also authored more than 150 scientific publications on various diseases, such as malaria, measles, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, meningitis, and cardiovascular diseases.

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Habib Thiam
(Former Prime Minister of Senegal)
Habib Thiam
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Birthdate: January 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: June 26, 2017

Habib Thiam was a Senegalese politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Senegal on two occasions; from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1991 to 1998. From 1983 to 1984, Habib Thiam also served as the President of the National Assembly of Senegal.

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Ousmane Diop Socé
(Pioneering Senegalese Novelist and Politician)
Ousmane Diop Socé
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Birthdate: October 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rufisque, Senegal
Died: October 27, 1973

Senegalese author and politician Ousmane Diop Socé was a pioneering novelist from her country. She was also one of the first African students to study at a French university on a scholarship. Known for her novels, historical legends, and animal stories, she also served as Senegal’s ambassador to the US and the UN.