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Thursday 23 October  
Leopold Sedar Senghor, Senegal's first president
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Dakar, Senegal
Dakar, Senegal

Senegal's 50 years since independence

Published on : 7 July 2010 - 4:00pm | By Mirjam van den Berg (Photo: AFP)
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Senegal kicks off our dossier on 50 years of African independence. Three generations share their views on independence. Follow the links to read and hear their stories.

"Everybody was out on the streets. There were marching bands, parades, it was really beautiful," remembers 70-year old Marianne Diop. "Everyone was there because it was our first celebration of independence."

Listen to Marianne Diop telling the story of her independence in her own words.

Her son, Bachir Mbengue, was born one year before the independence. To his surprise, people only mentioned the positive sides of the colonial era in the years after independence.

Listen to Bachir Mbengue explaining who made him realise there was a different side to the story.

Fatou Thiam, Marianne Diop’s granddaughter, still doesn’t feel a 100 % independent, she says. “There’s still this neo-colonial stamp all over.”

Listen what Fatou Thiam thinks Senegal should do to properly claim its independence.

50 years of independence in Senegal


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