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List of famous people from Senegal, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Senegal, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Senegal you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Senegal, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Aliou Coly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Aliou Coly age 28
Aliou Coly is a Senegalese footballer playing as a striker for Kristiansund in the Adeccoligaen.

Rama Yade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 42
Rama Yade is a Senegalese born French politician who served in the government of France from 2007 to 2010. She is currently vice president of the moderate conservative Radical Party.

Djibril Diop Mambéty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Dec. at 53 (1945-1998)
Djibril Diop Mambéty was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only a small number of films, they received international acclaim for their original ...more

Abdoul Mbaye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 65
Abdoul Mbaye is a Senegalese banker and politician who was Prime Minister of Senegal from April 2012 until September 2013. He is a technocrat who was appointed prime minister by President Macky ...more

Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 42
Patrick Vieira is a retired French footballer who is the Manager of the Reserves squad at Premier League club Manchester City, known as the Elite Development Squad. He rose to prominence during ...more

Clémentine Célarié is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 61
Clémentine Célarié is a French actress and singer.

Birago Diop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Dec. at 83 (1906-1989)
Birago Diop was a Senegalese poet and story-teller, whose work restored the general interest in African folktales and promoted him into one of the most outstanding African francophone writers. A ...more

Bouna Coundoul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 36
Bouna Coundoul is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Ethnikos Achna in Cyprus, and for the Senegal national football team.

Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 37
Pape Sow is a Senegalese professional basketball player who has played for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and for several European and Asian teams.

Boubacar Boris Diop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 73
Boubacar Boris Diop is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements, is the fictional account of a notorious massacre during the ...more

Ghassan Salhab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Ghassan Salhab age 60
Ghassan Salhab is a Lebanese screenwriter, film director, and producer. Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal to Lebanese parents. In Addition to making his own films, Salhab collaborates on various ...more

Ségolène Royal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 65
Marie-Ségolène Royal, known as Ségolène Royal, is a French politician. A prominent member of the French Socialist Party, she is currently the Minister for Ecology, ...more

Wasis Diop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Wasis Diop age 69
Wasis Diop is a Senegalese musician of international renown, known for blending traditional Senegalese folk music with modern pop and jazz. The son of a Senegalese high official and member of ...more

Henri Saivet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Henri Saivet age 28
Henri Saivet is a Senegalese football player who currently plays for French club Bordeaux in the Ligue 1, as a winger. Saivet is a France youth international having starred at several youth ...more

Amy Mbacké Thiam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Amy Mbacké Thiam age 42
Amy Mbacké Thiam is a Senegalese athlete competing in the 400 metres.

Basile de Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Basile de Carvalho age 37
Basile Salomon Pereira de Carvalho is a Senegalese-born Bissau-Guinean international footballer. He currently plays as a forward for White Star Bruxelles in Belgium.

Amdy Faye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 41
Amdy Moustapha Faye is a Senegalese former footballer. He plays as a defensive midfielder, and he could also play as a centre back. Faye began his career with French clubs AS Monaco, ES ...more

Awa Marie Coll-Seck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Awa Marie Coll-Seck age 68
Born in 1951 in Dakar, Senegal, Awa Marie Coll-Seck is Executive Director of The Roll Back Malaria Partnership and is on the Board of Directors at the Program for Appropriate Technology in ...more

Lamine Diatta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Lamine Diatta age 43
Lamine Diatta is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a defender.

Ousmane Mané is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Ousmane Mané age 28
Ousmane Mané is a Senegalese footballer who plays for home town club Diambars as a goalkeeper. He represented Senegal at the 2012 Summer Olympics Football Tournament.

El Hadji Diouf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 38
El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Sabah. He can play on both wings as well as in the attack position. Having started his professional football career in France ...more

MC Solaar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 49
Claude M'Barali better known by his stage name MC Solaar is a Francophone hip hop and rap artist. He is one of France's most internationally popular and influential hip hop artists. MC Solaar is ...more

Amara Traoré is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Senegal
age 53
Amara Traoré is a retired Senegalese footballer who is currently the head coach of Horoya AC in the Guinée Championnat National. He managed the Senegalese national team and ASC

Safi Faye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Safi Faye age 75
Safi Faye is a Senegalese film director and ethnologist. She was the first Sub-Saharan African woman to direct a commercially distributed feature film. She has directed several documentary and ...more

Pape Sarr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Pape Sarr age 41
Pape Sarr is a French-Senegalese football player. He played for AS Saint-Etienne and Racing Lens, both in France. Sarr currently plays for Olympique Noisy-le-Sec in the Championnat de France ...more