10 Interesting facts about Senegal

For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Senegal, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are about 13 million people that live in Senegal, located on the west coast of Africa, it has borders with Mauritania in the north, Mali in the east, Guinea in the southeast, Guinea Bissau in the south, The Gambia within its borders, and Cape Verde straight west in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 2. Senegal became an independent country in 1960.
  • 3. The country is named after the Senegal River, which some believe comes from the Wolof phrase sunu gaal, meaning “our canoe”.
  • 4. Most of the landscape consists of rolling plains with the highest point in Nepen Diakha at 584 metres or 1,916 feet.
  • 5. The largest city and capital is Dakar with over 2.1 million people, followed by Touba, Thies, Kaolack, M’Bour, Saint Louis, Rufisque, and Ziguinchor.
  • 6. The languages used are French, Wolof, Soninke, Serer, Fula, Maninka, Diola, English and others.
  • 7. Senegal has a long musical history, include the music/dance style of mbalax, sabar drumming, and using the tama instrument.
  • 8. Storytelling is a well known tradition in Senegal, with professional storytellers called Griots.  It includes a combination of words, genealogy, history, music, and has been passed on from one generation to the next for supposedly thousands of years.
  • 9. The currency used is the CFA Franc, XOF.
  • 10. The cuisine in Senegal often includes fish from the Atlantic, check, lamb, rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, black-eyed peas, and other vegetables.

Have your own networks with others in Senegal

If you regularly share content or work with people in Senegal, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, this includes French, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views from respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, polls, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites, and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability create as many networks as you’d like, use the applications, and have initial storage for your photos, office files, audio and video files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Senegal, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and relevant blog articles.

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Founder and CEO of Odysen, involved with different writing and music freelancing activities, and have previously worked for larger technology businesses in the US, Europe and Asia.