Senegalese Surprises

29 May

Hi, everyone. I’m Roni Weiss. I’ll be talking about some of the things that I’ve found particularly intriguing about Senegal.


“Where is Senegal?” was a common response when I said that I was coming to the 36th ATA Congress.

Location of Senegal within the African Union

Answer: It’s as far west in Africa as you can get. Senegal borders the Atlantic Ocean. Another peculiarity of its geography is that it envelops its sister nation of The Gambia (other than where the ocean takes over). The phrase I’ve heard for Senegambia (a term that has been thrown around a bunch at the Congress) is that it is “one house with two rooms”.

Gambian Tourism Minister Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie and Senegalese Tourism Minister Hon. Thierno Lo

OK, so why are Senegal and The Gambia different countries?

I was told by a Senegalese guy that this was an excellent question… And then didn’t really get an answer. So, I researched a bit myself. Apparently, they were in a confederation for a good portion of the 1980’s, but it didn’t work out. Despite this, the two countries maintain close ties, as they have a lot of common ethnicity and language.


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