La Problématique de la Citoyenneté au Senegal
by Mandiaye Diagne
The author Mandiaye Gaye is a regular contributor to several Senegalese dailies and his stories unfailingly focus on the need for good governance, civic awareness and selfless dedication to the advancement of the people. This now retired self-made man was unanimously praised by academics, journalists, and members of the civil society for having worked steadfastly for the promotion of good causes in his neighborhood and the rest of the country.
Indeed, Mandiaye Gaye has been a keen observer of developments on the Senegalese political scene: the masses of people who, on June 23, 2011, rallied around the building of the National Assembly to tell then-President Wade, “Don’t mess with our constitution.” The latter wanted for the nth time to introduce another amendment to the constitution and secure himself a political heir. With the same interest, Mandiaye Gaye saw thousands and thousands of young people hold regular meetings at the Place de l’Obelisque in Dakar to campaign against the illegitimate candidacy of President Wade for a third term in office.
Those and many other anterior developments are the events which led Mandiaye Gaye to reflect on the need for civic engagement and awareness for the consolidation of citizenship.
The book presentation held on Friday May 25 at the West African Research Center (WARC) was moderated by Professor Penda Mbow, Department of History, University Cheikh Anta Diop. The author and his work were expertly introduced by a well-known local journalist, Soro Diop.
No fewer than 67 people attended and many of them who took the floor urged WARC to keep the momentum and further contribute to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in Dakar and other parts of West Africa.