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Wolof Language and Culture: Home

Wolof Language and Culture

Île de Gorée, Senegal (The Island of Gorée)

Kanga Cloth

A local Ndiaga Ndiaye/Grand Car minibus in Dakar, Senegal

Kanga Cloth

Traditional Ceebu-Jën/Thieboudienne fish stew


Welcome to our Wolof Language and Culture Libguide. The purpose of this Libguide is to assist you in navigating different resources available at the UIUC library and on the internet in order to supplement your Wolof research and assignments. Information on the Wolof Language & Culture includes the areas of language, culture, music, literature, media, and various resources.

About Wolof

Wolof is part of the Niger-Congo language family and is spoken throughout Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. It is a lingua franca spoken by individuals even outside of the Wolof ethnic group, and is the most widely spoken language in Senegal with 90% speaking Wolof as a first or second language. Unlike it’s Niger-Congo language family members, however, it is not a tonal language.

Photo courtesy

All photos in the Wolof libguide are courtesy of Ashley Adams.