Meyt and Ken

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Metiria and Kennedy at a negotiation meeting of the Asia Pacific region at the Global Greens Congress in Dakar.

Fish Heads

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Fish heads are a local speciality. They are also delicious.

Wade gone

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This gargantuan billboard for (former) President Wade, overlooked the beach and a main motorway in Dakar. Luckily for (incoming) President Mackey, square centimetres of billboard space does not necessarily translate into votes.

Foozeball

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These kids were amazing at foozeball. I played a couple of games against them. First to 10. Out of five games I never scored over three in one game.

Solidarity starts with the soul

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Solidarity starts with the soul. Wise words from this artist on Rue Vincens.

Political graffiti

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Some political graffiti I spotted. Walls all over Dakar were covered in spray-painted missives urging people to vote.

Public Transport

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Here is one of the multicoloured buses that run people who live in Dakar’s suburbs into town.

Street Football

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I stopped and played football with these kids for 10 minutes. They ran me ragged. I’m pretty sure that with the amazing skills on display, Senegal will soon be in the top countries at soccer.

Voting

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Today is election day in Senegal. The 86 year old incumbent, Wade, looks like he’s going to be voted out but that is uncertain due to the potential for a split vote among the other candidates. Young females — like the one whose finger is in the photo above* — are very grateful they have the power, through democracy, to change their leaders. They take the responsibility very seriously.

The red ink covering her left index finger shows she has voted. It is indelible to prevent voter fraud. Far from being a nuisance, the woman I talked to was very proud she had voted and was happy to show off her inked finger.

*I won’t name her just in case.

The view

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This is the view from the balcony of my hotel room.