Senegal leader to speak at BYU


    By Melissa Burbidge

    Ibra Deguene Ka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Senegal to the United Nations, will be speaking to students Wednesday, April 11.

    Ka”s lecture will begin at 11a.m. in room 3714 of the Harold B. Lee Library.

    The topic of Ka”s speech will be, “Senegal, in Africa and the World.”

    Ka will speak on a country most students are unfamiliar with, said Karl Snow, host of Ka”s visit and emeritus professor at BYU.

    While Senegal”s influence on the world has not been extensive, the country does have over 10 million people, Snow said.

    Senegal”s economy is mainly agricultural; however, Snow said it continues to prosper under such conditions.

    Snow spent three years in New York City where he worked to foster good relations between the church and diplomatic leaders.

    From his interaction with Ka in New York City, Snow said Ka is a reserved man, with moderate views and an open attitude about the world.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not send missionaries to Senegal at this time.

    But, Snow said it is important to build relations in advance.

    While Ka will not address the issue of Palestine, he does chair The Committee on Palestine, and is well known for his Islamic influence.

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