The Power of the Youth in the Senegalese Elections of 2012

By Isseu Diouf Campbell

On March 29, 2012, Senegalese rapper Baay Bia, producer Ben Herson, reporter Christian Thiam, doctorate student Etienne Smith and Rosalind Fredericks of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, were members of a panel titled “Youth, Rap Music and the Senegalese Elections” hosted by NYU at the Kimmel Center.
The five panelists discussed about the Senegalese political scene and how a few political rappers played a key role in the elections through their watchdog group called Y’en a Marre (Enough is Enough) by mobilizing the youth, leading several protests and keeping the pressure on former president Abdoulaye Wade, known for his trivialization of corruption.
The West African country which held presidential elections in February and March transitioned peacefully into a new regime led by new president Macky Sall, despite the numerous acts of violence that occurred before the elections.

Photos of the event