Wolof Language and Senegalese Cultural Exchange Class

Your Host: Ed Rosemond

I’m Ed and I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life working with the unique challenges facing Black businesses and I use my skills in communications, websites, digital marketing, and Internet business strategies to help build those businesses. Funny thing is, while doing that, I learned a LOT about our people’s personal tendencies, habits and fears.

Now I live in Dakar, Senegal and I’m learning the Senegalese people in much the same way. My new mission is to crack the communication code between African people and Black Americans in order to unite our peoples into long term relationships.

Your Guest Instructor: Mamedjarra Diop

Originally from New York, Mamedjarra Diop is a Senegalese/African-American raised in both Senegal and New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at the City University of New York and her MA in Arts Administration at Baruch College (CUNY). Her education and experience have given her the opportunity to speak at the United Nations, work with various NGOs in Senegal and the US. Most importantly, Mamedjarra values the significance of giving back to her community but also giving validation to the youth on both continents as a tool for self-worth. Her passion is to empower youth to make better life choices through education, culture and the arts and, to also be an example of achievement and pride among African people.

Sunu Thiossane

Sunu Thiossane (pronounced Soo-noo Cho-Sahn) was founded in 2011. As an arts and academic enrichment youth development agency based in Dakar, Senegal, our mission is to provide high caliber arts training to young people across and within various disciplines while providing the necessary tools to build community awareness and empowerment. Sunu Thiossane envisions a world where all young folks have equitable access to the arts.