There are reports of heavy fines being issued by customs in Dakar due to incorrect or inaccurate information being declared by vessels.
The notice outlines the requirements of Senegal customs and can be read in full here.
It is for this reason that former colonial ruler France especially, has over the last decade passed a law that Frenchmen marrying Senegalese women should have to reside in Senegal for not lesser than two years before migrating to France.
In a seeming trend, most of the European and/or American men wishing to have an honest and sincere marriage with Senegalese women cash in for girls from the predominantly Christian southern region of Casamance.
You will be invited to attend their evening performances in the local cafes and if you feel confident you will be encouraged to play alongside them with an instrument of your choice.
Volunteers who are only interested in the musical side of this project have the opportunity to combine this with a Care, Teaching, Medicine or Human Rights project.
It seems they were composed of a mixture of Mandingo, Serer and Fula stock.
Islam first came to Senegal at about this time also.
It is an important language as it is used as the language of trade even outside the main Wolof areas.Then in some cases, the erstwhile Christian groom’s first name is changed to a Muslim one like Mohamed, Issa, Abdul, and so on and warned to desist from taking alcohol drinks in keeping with Islamic teachings.Many of the intermarriages mostly between Muslim Senegalese women and American or European husbands have been recently considered as purely a formality for the women to have the opportunity to travel to the countries of their husbands and are mostly separated shortly afterwards even before the birth of their first sibling.You may want to learn how to play a new instrument or already have a talent for music which you can share.You will spend your mornings attending lectures and learning more about different aspects of Senegalese culture, including taking classes in the local language, Wolof.Contact with the West dates back to the 15th century, however the main influence on the Wolof has been the French, dating from the 17th century.The French built factories along the Senegal River to exploit the gum-producing area and to trade in slaves.It has been reported that there has been a change in requirements for customs declarations in Senegal.Vessels arriving are now required to declare the CO2 quantity on the vessel as well as any foam and fire extinguishers.But on the question of dumping alcohol and accepting a Muslim name, that could be just a formality because many of the European or American husbands return home with the spouses and continue accepting their former first names.It is even often said that some tend to forget their new Muslim names.