My Senegalese name is Ndëye Fatou Amar, and it only took me 3 days to learn it!

I’m back in Thies with internet for a couple days, so I’ll try to post as much as I can before heading back to Bayakh for 2 weeks!

Some quick highlights:

There was a baptism, a ngente, at my house on Saturday which was a big surprise, overwhelming but also really fun. Some rams (which had previously scared me charging around our compound) were slaughtered, a million people came, and SO much dancing happened. Here’s a little clip.

I was named after Ndëye Fatou Amar in my compound, who among being an incredible dancer (see above clip), is the family hairstylist. So this happened after a few days of persuasion…

Rafetna, n’est-ce pas??



  1. You have to know, I am still laughing! Glad they finally persuaded you! It looks great! We’re so happy to hear from you! Post as much as you can so we see what’s going on…love you!!

    1. So happy to hear from you!!Been counting the days to hear if you found your home okay.Seems everything went well.Your new hairdo looks kinda cute. a lot of work involved there!Ndeye is very talented. send more detail when you can.Love you so much Mommaw

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