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About Senegal

Senegal is a country in West Africa. Senegal's capital is Dakar. Most Senegalese are Sunni Muslims with Sufi influences. French is the official language. Since April 2012 Senegal's president has been Macky Sall.

The main industries include food processing, mining, cement, artificial fertilizer, chemicals, textiles, refining imported petroleum, and tourism. French is the official language. The second most populous city is Touba. Islam is the predominant religion in the country.  Senegal is well known for the West African tradition of storytelling, which is done by griots through words and music.

African Renaissance Monument

African Renaissance Monument is a 49m tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal. It is the tallest statue in Africa.

The monument is made of 3-centimetre thick metal sheets and depicts a family group emerging from a mountaintop: a full-length statue of a young woman, a man, and held aloft on the man's raised left arm, a child resolutely pointing west towards the sea.

Ousmane Sow, a world-renowned Senegalese sculptor, also objected to the use of North Korean builders, saying it was anything but a symbol of African Renaissance and nothing to do with art.

Senegalese cuisine

Senegalese cuisine is a West African cuisine influenced by North African, French, and Portuguese cuisine. fish is very important.

Chicken, lamb, peas, eggs, and beef are also used in Senegalese cooking, but not pork, due to the nation’s largely Muslim population. Peanuts, the primary crop of Senegal, as well as couscous, white rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas and various vegetables, are also incorporated into many recipes.

Desserts are very rich and sweet, combining native ingredients with the extravagance and style characteristic of the French impact on Senegal’s culinary methods. They are often served with fresh fruit and are traditionally followed by coffee or tea.

Dakar

Dakar  is the capital and largest city of Senegal. Dakar is a major administrative centre, home to the National Assembly of Senegal and Senegal's President's Palace.

Attractions in Dakar include major markets, Dakar Grand Mosque, Dakar Cathedral, Gorée Island, the IFAN Museum of West African culture, the newly completed African Renaissance Monument is the tallest statue in Africa, clifftop walks and beaches.

Dakar used to be the finishing point of the Dakar Rally and is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Cheikh Anta Diop University also known as the University of Dakar, was established in 1957. The town serves as a port and is home to the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport. It is also the terminus of the Dakar-Niger railroad line.

 


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