Agreement Signed Feb. 8, 2005
Population 300,000
Mayor Aliou Sall
Language Wolof
Currency Communaute Financiere Africaine Francs
Timezone UTC 0


Guediawaye is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula, resting on the Atlantic coast. It was originally founded as a commuter town for the capital of Dakar, and has grown to the 4th most populated city in the country. At the center of the city rests a large covered market which serves as its town center. Nearby are a number of beaches, jungle, and ornate mosques. A wonderful group of 20 community leaders visited as part of the Guediawaye signing exchange. The group met President Wade of Senegal and representatives of the US Embassy. The group included Councilors Hendricks and Royal as well State School Board member Ethel Hall, City School Board member Virginia Volker, UAB administrators Bettina Byrd-Giles and Cynthia Barginnier; We are working to reinvigorate this relationship with a new committee and dedication.from the Civil Rights Institute Lawrence Pijeaux, Oddessa Woolfolk, Greg Wilsan, Janice Kelsey; from city schools Cherrye Parker and from business and other fields Tai Rotan, Deborrah Vance of the Chamber, Brandon Hewitt of Khafra, Royce Byrd, Carole Clark head of Birmingham’s Economic Development Division, Linda Malone of Malcolm Pirnie Corp, Ted Gilchrist of G2 Trading, Abdul Kalloon Senegal Chair and Scotty Colson. Additionally, 70+ computers, 500lbs of books and medical supplies were donated to Guediawaye and were distributed to agencies after the signing.

Locale Information

Guediawaye is a city located in the Dakar Region of Senegal, on the Cap-Vert Peninsula in West Africa. It is situated just northeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, and is considered a suburb of Dakar. Guediawaye has a population of approximately 300,000 people and is one of the most densely populated areas in Senegal. It is a hub for transportation and commerce, and is home to several large markets and shopping centers, as well as numerous small businesses and shops. The city has a vibrant cultural scene and is known for its music, art, and festivals.


The main driver of the economy in Guediawaye, Senegal is agriculture, particularly the cultivation of vegetables and fruits. The city is known for its fertile land and favorable climate, which allows for the production of a variety of crops. Additionally, Guediawaye has a thriving informal sector, with many small businesses and street vendors contributing to the local economy. The city also benefits from its proximity to Dakar, the capital of Senegal, which provides access to a larger market and more opportunities for trade and commerce.

Fun Facts

  • Tourist Places

    Goree Island; Dakar; Pink Lake; Cap Skirring; Petite Cote; Saloum Delta National Park

  • Climate

    Tropical; hot, humid; rainy season (May to November) has strong southeast winds; dry season (December to April) dominated by hot, dry, harmattan wind

  • Sports

    Soccer, wrestling, basketball, motor sports (off-road rally)

  • Local Meal

    Thieboudienne — a one-pot dish with fish, rice, and a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, cassava, squash, onions, cabbage, or carrots simmered in tomato sauce