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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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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Senegal?" or "Which celebrities were born in Senegal?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Aliou Coly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Aliou Coly age 25 - Aliou Coly is a Senegalese footballer playing as a striker for Kristiansund in the Adeccoligaen.

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Rama Yade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Rama Yade age 40 - 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
Djibril Diop Mambéty Died 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
Abdoul Mbaye age 64 - 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
Patrick Vieira age 39 - 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
Clémentine Célarié age 59 - Clémentine Célarié is a French actress and singer.

Birago Diop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Birago Diop Died 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
Bouna Coundoul age 33 - 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
Pape Sow age 35 - 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
Boubacar Boris Diop age 69 - 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 57 - 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
Ségolène Royal age 62 - 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 65 - 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 26 - 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 39 - Amy Mbacké Thiam is a Senegalese athlete competing in the 400 metres.

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Basile de Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Basile de Carvalho age 34 - 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
Amdy Faye age 38 - 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 66 - 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 40 - 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 25 - 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
El Hadji Diouf age 34 - 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
MC Solaar age 48 - 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
Amara Traoré age 51 - 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 72 - 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 38 - 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

Jean Baptiste Mendy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Jean Baptiste Mendy age 52 - Jean-Baptiste Mendy is a French former professional boxer of African origin. He's also a former WBC and WBA lightweight champion.

Mouhammad Faye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mouhammad Faye age 30 - Mouhammad Faye is a Senegalese professional basketball player for Panelefsiniakos of the Greek Basket League.

Cheick N'Diaye is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Cheick N'Diaye age 30 - Cheick Tidiane N'Diaye is a Senegalese football player, who currently plays for Stade Rennais in Ligue 1. He plays as a goalkeeper. N'Diaye started his career with Olympique Noisy-le-Sec, a CFA2 ...more

Mohamed Coulibaly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mohamed Coulibaly age 27 - Mohamed Coulibaly is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for English club Port Vale, on loan from Bournemouth. He is able to play as either a winger or striker. Coulibaly has played ...more

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Modou Sougou is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Modou Sougou age 31 - Pape Amodou Sougou is a Senegalese football player who currently plays for Evian in the Ligue 1. He usually plays as a winger.

Mame Niang is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mame Niang age 31 - Mame Cheikh Niang is a Senegalese football striker who currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier Soccer League. He won the 2005–06 PSL top goalscorer award with 14 goals ...more

Lamine Diarra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Lamine Diarra age 32 - Lamine Diarra is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Süper Lig club Antalyaspor. He was capped once for the national team of Senegal. Nicknamed "Black Mamba" and "Mamba ...more

Lamine Guèye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Lamine Guèye age 55 - Lamine Guèye is a Senegalese skier, and the current president of the Senegalese Ski Federation, which he founded in 1979. Guèye represented Senegal at the 1984, 1992 and 1994 ...more

Samba Felix N’diaye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Samba Felix N’diaye Died at 64 (1945-2009) - Samba Felix N’diaye is a film director.

Lamine Sakho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Lamine Sakho age 38 - Lamine Sakho is a Senegalese football player who currently plays for Championnat de France amateur side Consolat Marseille.

Kara Mbodj is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Kara Mbodj age 26 - Serigne Modou Kara Mbodji, commonly known as Kara or Kara Mbodji, is a Senegalese defensive midfielder who currently plays for Genk. He can be deployed as a defender, defensive midfielder or in ...more

Gueye Mansour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Gueye Mansour age 30 - Mansour Gueye is a Senegalese footballer currently playing for Hajer. His nickname is "Omul-Foarfeca", which means "Scissor Man", for his spectacular goals.

Mamadou Diallo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mamadou Diallo age 44 - Mamadou Diallo, also known as Big Mama, is a former Senegalese football striker.

Pape Samba Ba is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Pape Samba Ba age 33 - Pape Samba Ba is a Senegalese footballer playing currently for KSZO Ostrowiec.

Mansour Seck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mansour Seck age 60 - Mansour Seck is a blind Senegalese singer and musician born in Podor, in the north of the country. Best known for his collaboration with lifelong friend Baaba Maal, he has also toured and ...more

Pape Thiaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Pape Thiaw age 34 - Pape Bouna Thiaw is a Senegalese football player. He played for several clubs, including Lausanne Sports in Switzerland, Racing Strasbourg in France. and CF Atlético Ciudad in Spain. He ...more

Emile Paul Tendeng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Emile Paul Tendeng age 23 - Emile Paul Tendeng is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a striker. The assistant coach of Casa Sport describes him as “football genius, prodigy and player with extraordinary ...more

Ndiatte Gueye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Ndiatte Gueye age 30 - Ndiatte Gueye is a Senegalese sprint canoeist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's C-1 200 metres.

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Mamadou N'Diaye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Mamadou N'Diaye age 31 - Mamadou N'Diaye is a Senegalese football defender. He currently plays for Portimonense S.C..

El Hadji Samba Sarr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Senegal
El Hadji Samba Sarr Died at 42 (1968-2010) - El Hadji Samba Sarr was a film director.

Abasse Ndione is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Abasse Ndione age 69 - Abasse Ndione is a Senegalese author and nurse.

Kader Mangane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Kader Mangane age 34 - Abdou Kader Mangane is a Senegalese football player. He currently plays for Süper Lig side Kayseri Erciyesspor on loan from Saudi club Al-Hilal.

Jean-Pierre Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Jean-Pierre Adams age 67 - Jean-Pierre Adams is a French former international footballer. Along with Marius Trésor, he was a member of the garde noire as France's centre back. Since 17 March 1982, he has been in a ...more

Bamba Thiam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Bamba Thiam age 30 - Bamba Thiam is a Senegalese footballer who is a midfielder who plays for Dakar UC.

Boubacar Dialiba is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Boubacar Dialiba age 27 - Boubacar Diabang Dialiba is a Senegalese international footballer who currently plays for Polish club KS Cracovia. He also holds Bosnian passport.