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Famous People From Senegal

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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: 28

Birthplace: Senegal

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

Birthplace: Dakar Department, Ouakam, Senegal

Rama Yade (born Mame Ramatoulaye Yade; 13 December 1976) is a Senegalese-born French politician and the author of several books. She served as the French Secretary of Human Rights from 2007 to ...more
Djibril Diop Mambé... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Dec. at 53 (1945-1998)

Birthplace: Senegal, Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane, Dakar Department

Djibril Diop Mambéty (January 1945 – July 23, 1998) was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only two feature films and five short films, they ...more
Abdoul Mbaye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 65

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

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

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Patrick Vieira (born 23 June 1976) is a French professional football head coach and former player. He is the manager of Nice. Considered one of the best players of his generation, Vieira began ...more

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Clémentine C&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 61

Birthplace: Senegal, Dakar

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)

Birthplace: Ouakam, Dakar Department, Senegal

Birago Diop (11 December 1906 – 25 November 1989) was a Senegalese poet and storyteller whose work restored general interest in African folktales and promoted him to one of the most outstanding ...more
Bouna Coundoul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 36

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Bouna Coundoul (born March 4, 1982) is a Senegalese professional footballer who last played in 2016 as a goalkeeper for Platinum Stars in South Africa. He also played for the Senegal national ...more
Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 37

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Pape Sow (pronounced Pop So) (born November 22, 1981) is a Senegalese former professional basketball player who has played for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and for several European and Asian
Boubacar Boris Diop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 73

Birthplace: Senegal, Dakar Region, Dakar, Africa

Boubacar Boris Diop (born 1946 in Dakar) is a Senegalese novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His best known work, Murambi, le livre des ossements (Murambi: The Book of Bones), is the ...more
Ghassan Salhab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Ghassan Salhab Age: 60

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Ghassan Salhab (Arabic; غسان سلهب, born 4 May 1958) is a Lebanese screenwriter and film director. Born in Dakar, Senegal. In addition to making his own films, he collaborates on various ...more
Ségolène R... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 65

Birthplace: Dakar Department, Ouakam, Senegal

Marie-Ségolène Royal, known as Ségolène Royal (pronounced [se.ɡɔ.lɛn ʁwa.jal] (listen); born 22 September 1953), is a French politician and former Socialist Party ...more
Wasis Diop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Wasis Diop Age: 69

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Wasis Diop (born 1950 in Dakar, Senegal) is a Senegalese musician of international renown, known for blending traditional Senegalese folk music with modern pop and jazz.
Henri Saivet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Henri Saivet Age: 28

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Henri Grégoire Saivet (born 26 October 1990) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Newcastle United and the Senegal national team. He ...more
Amy Mbacké Thiam ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Amy Mbacké Thiam Age: 42

Birthplace: Kaolack Region, Senegal

Amy Mbacké Thiam (born November 10, 1976) 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

Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Ziguinchor Department, Senegal

Basile Salomon Pereira de Carvalho (born 31 October 1981 in Ziguinchor) is a Senegalese-born Bissau-Guinean international footballer. He currently plays as a forward for Louhans-Cuiseaux.
Amdy Faye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 41

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Amdy Moustapha Faye (born 12 March 1977) is a Senegalese former footballer who played as a defensive midfielder and could also play as a centre back.Faye began his career with Monégasque ...more
Awa Marie Coll-Seck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Awa Marie Coll-Seck Age: 68

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Awa Marie Coll-Seck (born 1951 in Dakar, Senegal), is former Executive Director of The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and is on the Board of Directors at the Program for Appropriate ...more
Lamine Diatta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Lamine Diatta Age: 43

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Lamine Diatta (born 2 July 1975) is a retired Senegalese footballer who played as a defender. He is the current team coordinator of Senegal, appointed by head coach Aliou Cissé in 2015.
Ousmane Mané is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Ousmane Mané Age: 28

Birthplace: Diourbel, Senegal

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

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf (French pronunciation: ​[ɛ.ladʒ.dʒuf]; born 15 January 1981) is a Senegalese retired footballer. Throughout his career, Diouf played as a winger or a forward. Having ...more
MC Solaar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 49

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Claude M'Barali MC Solaar (French pronunciation: ​[ɛm si sɔˈlaʁ]) (born 5 March 1969) is a French rapper of Senegalese and Chadian origin. He is one of France's most famous and influential hip ...more

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Amara Traoré is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Age: 53

Birthplace: Saint-Louis, Senegal

Amara Traoré (born 25 September 1965) is a retired Senegalese footballer who is currently the head coach of Horoya AC in the Guinée Championnat National. He managed the Senegalese ...more
Safi Faye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Safi Faye Age: 75

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Safi Faye (born November 22, 1943) is a Senegalese film director and ethnologist. She was the first Sub-Saharan African woman to direct a commercially distributed feature film, Kaddu Beykat, ...more
Pape Sarr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Senegal
Pape Sarr Age: 41

Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

Pape Sarr (born December 7, 1977 in Dakar) is a former French-Senegalese football player.