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Photo by Delphine Diallo's mother.

Travel Diary: Delphine Diallo Captures a Timeless Way of Living in Senegal

The French-Senegalese photographer shares beautiful images of everyday life in Senegal with OkayAfrica.

We know you've stumbled on French-Senegalese artist and photographer Delphine Diallo's Instagram page at least once.

Beautiful and impeccably curated, right?

We touched base with Diallo and she shared with us photos of her recent trip to Senegal.


"I took most of these photos in Kolda, Dakar, Ngor Island and Saint Louis du Senegal," she says. "Every year, I go back to see my family and spend a lot of time to just be present and forget about the time. It's a different way of living."

"People are sharing, they're caring and have a different understanding of of time than that of the Western world," she adds. "Even so, Dakar is becoming a very busy city for work—so Saint Louis is a timeless place where the young and old know how to share space and care for each other."

We totally see where Diallo is coming from based on the images she captured of kids living their best lives at the beach, family meals and glimpses of everyday life. This perspective is needed as we constantly see glamorized images of traveling to the continent.

Take a look at a selection of images from her travels around Senegal below.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

Artist Abdoulay Diallo at his studio in Ngor Island.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

The beach at Ngor Island.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

A collage of archived photographs from the French colonization era in Cameroon, Mali and Congo.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

Kids playing at Saint Louis du Senegal.

Kids playing at the river in Saint Louis du Senegal.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

The Kankourang ritual in Kolda City.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

Artist Meissa Fall at his studio in Saint Louis.

Photo by Delphine Diallo

My cousin cooking thieboudienne in Saint Louis.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

An old woman on the street in Saint Louis.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

Peuls on my way to Saint Louis.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

I stumbled on this poster inside a hair salon in Kolda City.

Photo by Delphine Diallo.

A young man in Saint Louis du Senegal.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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