Khadim Sarr

Specific people inspire me. They are those who are stubborn enough, crazy enough to ignore friends, family, naysayers, realists, etc to pursue their beliefs. They are those who have taken their mission bigger than they are and decide to live with it no matter what the consequences may be. My favourite quote is from a poem by William Ernest Henley and it says "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." The reason I am in love with it not just because it was also the former president of South Africa's, Nelson Mandela, dearest poem. My preference is in the nature of its philosophy, existentialism, where one will not be saved by any higher form of divinity but only by oneself. Therefore, human should tell themselves to keep rowing, keep paddling, keep digging with a belief that the fruit of its consequences will nonetheless be laid upon those who bore the action. Existentialism also has a message of contentment to always be accepted of consequences because sour things are also the fruit of actions.


Dafa Sedd, It’s Cold

Dafa feex Dafa tang Dafa sedd You never know what you’re gonna get Once you are together Once you are apart Jean-Paul Sartre told me You may play a part Exciting the dullness of life You may be deprived You may be sad But you may also be satisfied Again you may be down Next…

25 November, 2018

Gamou: Celebrating the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

[image: DSC04114.JPG] As disappointed as I may be during the Magal Touba for not being allowed to participate by the programme policy, last night was my first chance in participating in an Islamic celebration of the Gamou. In preparation of the Gamou, our extended relatives come from Dakar and other parts of the country to…

19 November, 2018

The Role of Women in Education

As I am sitting in a classroom filled with little youngsters between the age of 5 to 7, I’m becoming more and more frustrated at the speed at which the organization works. I have been sitting for nearly an hour. The lesson has not begun. The teachers were standing around. The children are noisily seated….

08 November, 2018

What am I doing in Senegal? – Part 2

Continuing from my first post, I am going to talk about my personal agenda in this one. Two weeks into Senegal, I have made up some expectations for myself such as learning languages, having a family and being fit. My first goal is learning languages because I believe that languages would be my lasting connection…

15 October, 2018

What am I doing in Senegal? – Part 1

I am on a cultural exchange program which is called Global Citizen Year (GCY), but to be blunt, I am taking a gap year here in Senegal. There are two parts to this question that deserves two separate posts. The first post is about the program agenda which perhaps will resolve your curiosity regarding the…

15 September, 2018

You are so fat. You must have spent all your time eating.

I have begun my learning exploration at the customs and the culture of Senegal. There are a couple things that I have found very interesting and at the same time very hard to comprehend. First, Senegal is known for a reputation which is a joking culture. I was not able to understand what that means until…

05 September, 2018

The Unexpected Destination

     Here I am, writing my first post from the balcony of a hotel close to the beach in Senegal. Ecuador was supposed to be my original destination where I had made the peace of my mind which is to immerse myself completely in its culture and its language. I had listened to its…

05 September, 2018

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