Wolof love poem
Sa der si settu bi
Moy sama powem bu gënë rafet
Wanté gawon tul naxte daffay meles
Li moy sama daamela bug bu mudjë...
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Wolof (ouolof) language of Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania. This love poem wolof is a pretty African translation of my quatrain "The mirror". The Wolof is a Senegambian language which has 10 million speakers. It is originally the language of the Wolofs that represent one Senegalese out of two.
Wolof is a member, of the northern branch, of the Atlantic family, of Niger-Congo languages. It is a language spoken in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. In Senegal, Wolof is a lingua franca. 80% of the population speak it as a first or second language.
The Wolofs or Ouolofs would originate from the south of Egypt, a long travel through Mauritania would have brought them as far as Senegal. The Wolofs were organized in the 16th century into a group of kingdoms which disappeared under the pressure of successive conquests and French colonization. Their system of filiation, generally bilateral, tends now to patrilinearity, because of the constant predominance of Islam. Wolof society has traditionally been hierarchically stratified in two main social groups, "n˜ een˜ o" and "ge´er". The wolof society included a division into classes (princely families, nobles, peasants, slaves), as well as a system of castes and orders, distinctions now extinct.