Y’en A Marre: Radioscopie d’une Jeunesse Insurgee au Senegal

in Book Presentation at WARC
March 20th, 2013

Book Presentation and Dedication

by Vieux Savane et Baye Makebe Sarr
(L’Harmattan-Senegal, Nov. 2012)

The audience including Senegalese former, minister of Foreign Affairs, Alioune Badara CISSE

The audience including Senegalese former, minister of Foreign Affairs, Alioune Badara CISSE

Y’en A Marre (roughly translated as ‘We’re Fed Up’ or ‘Enough Already’) is a social and political phenomenon which has definitively changed the civil society and political landscape in Senegal.  Two reporters, Vieux Savane and Baye Makebe Sarr, have written a book documenting the ways in which predominately urban youth have taken their destiny in their own hands in creating Y’en A Marre. The authors analyze how the Y’en A Marre youth have positioned themselves as a counter-power to monitor political life in the country and make political leaders more accountable in their management of public affairs.

The book was presented at the West African Research Center (WARC) on Friday, March 15. The panel presenting and commenting on the book included

Y’en A Marre in Boston. Stephanie Guirand and Samantha Johnson at the WARA Office

Y’en A Marre in Boston. Stephanie Guirand and Samantha Johnson at the WARA Office

Fadel Barro, a leader of the Y’en A Marre Movement; Vieux Savane, one of the authors; and Dr. Abdoul Aziz Diop, representative of the political coalition now in power and special advisor to the president of Senegal. The panel was moderated by WARC Director, Ousmane Sene. The representative of the current opposition was invited but failed to attend.

Discussions focused on the achievements of the youth movement including the spreading of the Y’en A Marre spirit in many West African countries, the need for the movement to stay alive as a watchdog for political accountability, democracy and justice.

The event was attended by 76 people including reporters, key political leaders, students, academics and members of the large youth movement.