Macky SallBy Conyeani

It seems that we like writing about the Senegalese, don’t we? Well, it seems they are always doing something worthy of mention. Well, as the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit came to an end in Washington, DC, Senegalese President Macky Sall, jetted to New York. He spent a whole 90 minutes in the city before returning to the JFK airport to fly back to Dakar, Senegal.

What he did in New York is officially lay the foundation for the building of a 21 storey building on 227-235 East 44th Street, Manhattan, a stone throw from the Nigerian edifice on 44th Street and Second Avenue. The land was originally purchased by the former President Abdoulaye Wade at a cost of $23.9 million, a foresight buy as you could not smell the area for that amount of money now. President Sall did it without much fanfare, gathering less than 25 people to witness the event.

After this, he then turned to his Diaspora and following in the footsteps of his mentor, President Abdoulaye Wade, he appointed a Senegalese Diaspora living in Harlem, El Hadji Nangane Ndao, as the new Consul-General of Senegal, whose office in Harlem is the only Consulate-General in the area, and another Senegalese Harlem resident as the Commercial Attache at the Senegalese Embassy in Washington, DC.

Both Presidents Abdoulaye Wade and Macky Sall have used the same Senegalese PR firm also based in Harlem. “Yes,” said head of the company, “I must commend them for recognizing the Senegalese Diaspora in everything they are trying to do in America, unlike other African Presidents. But, as Dean of African media in the U.S., you know as well as I do that they understand that we can do the job better than the white companies other African presidents hire in Washington, DC, for no more than 10% of what the white companies charge. Yet, I was able to arrange for them to meet with more enough of the main stream media than a white firm would have been able to do. And I know them very well and what they want to say and who to say it to. It is my country, and I know what’s best for us.”

Culled From The African Sun Times


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