AFD and Senegal: a history as long as a human life. It is the longest on a continent where we today make over half of our commitments. These 75 years of life together between “Naatango” (partners in Wolof) have been marked by the continuous developments in our activities, which are now much broader than the role of banker in the first years. To celebrate this special anniversary, we wished to give a voice to the women and men who are building the Senegal of today and tomorrow.
From rural to urban development, the environment to water and including energy and education, all sectors of activity are represented here by key actors, who are models of citizenship. Examples include Amadou Gueye Seye, a “school rectifier” who fights to offer decent educational conditions to Casamance students, or Sagna Awa, who offers vocational integration opportunities to unemployed young people.
Through these fourteen portraits on show in Dakar in July 2018 (you can find out about three below), the institutions they work for are also showcased: the ministries, institutions, public or private companies, local authorities and NGOs we move forward with every day. These few very different paths symbolize all those who play a leading role in making development happen in the field, for the sole benefit of populations.
Photos: © Layepro
The unique portraits published here of those who are making the Senegal of today and tomorrow are by him: Abdoulaye Ndao – alias Layepro – who was born in Lyon in 1986. He is a director and professional in the field of images and comes from a family where arts were always present. This graduate in information technology management very early on developed a passion for visual arts and especially photography. His works are midway between editorial photos, landscapes, portraits and adverts.
His style is mainly based on strong color contrasts and accentuated facial and body expressions. They are always combined with a conceptual touch. Abdoulaye Ndao is the author of the official photo of the President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall and has already used his talent for large companies. Abdoulaye has only one credo, dictated by a generous heart, his radioscopic eyes and his mind bursting with creativity: “Turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.”