Senegal is an entryway to West Africa. It is a home of culture and known for various remarkable features such as renewable energy, human rights, and many more. Below are eight facts about Senegal that you should know.
Has the Most Painful History in Humanity
Senegal was the gateway to the TransAtlantic slave trade. Island of Goree which lies off the coast of this West African country was the largest center for slave trade on the African coast. It is names Door of No Return and marks the country’s encounter with the slave trade.
Senegal’s Flag Has Official Pan-African Colors
The flag of this country has three colors: yellow, green, and red. These are the official Pan-African colors. The flag has a star at the center to signify universal unity. The yellow color is a symbol of Africa’s wealth especially gold. The green symbolizes Africa’s land fertility, nativity, and abundance. The red is the symbol of the blood that was shed during the fight for independence.
Has the Tallest Statue in Africa
Senegal is the home to the tallest statue in Africa. It is made of bronze and has a height of 49 meters. Some people view the monument as an inspiration of hope while to others; it is a monumental failure. It is located on top of twin hills called Collines des Mamelles. President Abdoulaye Wade was the one who came up with the idea behind this monument.
Never experienced coup
West Africa is known for military coups for a very long time. However, Senegal has set itself apart where it’s the only country in that part of Africa that has never experienced a military coup. The county has played an important role in bringing peace to the West African Region.
Has a Pink Lake
Have you heard of a pink lake? Well, Senegal is the home to a big pink lake. High salt content and algae that produces a red pigment are the reason behind this color. The salt content is higher than that found in the Dead Sea.
Has one of the most Liberal and cosmopolitan cities in Africa
Dakar is the capital city and is considered as one of the most liberal and cosmopolitan cities in Africa. The city served as a vital center for a trade before the colonial era. The city is home to some of the icons in poetry, liberal arts, music, and literature.
The Sacred Griots
The Griots are the traditional singers, oral historians, poets, storytellers, and musicians in Senegal. They are the ones bestowed with the power to preserve the tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
They are highly respected and even offers advice to leaders and society. When they die, they are not buried like the normal way to avoid burying their wisdom and knowledge. They are buried in the center of a sacred baobab tree. This tree is seen as a holy protector and a symbol of eternal life. By burying them there, they are believed to continue living.
Senegal is a country known for its hospitality. They even have a word for it “Teranga”. This can explain why they have been the only West Africa Country that has enjoyed peace despite the conflicts in the region. It offers a home for refugees from countries experiencing conflict.