Diakhao Arrondissement

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Diakhao Arrondissement
Location in the Fatick Region
Location in the Fatick Region
Country  Senegal
Region Fatick Region
Department Fatick Department
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Diakhao Arrondissement (Serer proper : Jaxaaw[1]) is an arrondissement of the Fatick Department in the Fatick Region of Senegal. Its capital is Diakhao.


The arrondissement is divided administratively into rural communities and in turn into villages.


Diakhao is over-run by the Serer people. It was once part of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Sine. Diakhao holds great prominence in Serer medieval history because many of the Maad a Sinigs (title for the king of Sine) were crowned at Diakhao, at least from 1350 during the reign of Maad a Sinig Maysa Wali Jaxateh Manneh[2] to 1969, the year the last Serer king of Sine — Maad a Sinig Mahecor Joof died.[3] As well as being the main capital of Sine, it was also the historical residence of many of the kings of Sine. Maad a Sinig Mahecor Joof died in Diakhao on 3 August 1969.[3]


  1. ^ Gravrand, Henry, "La Civilisation Sereer - Cosaan", Nouvelles Editions africaines (1983), p 202, ISBN 2723608778
  2. ^ Sarr, Alioune, "Histoire du Sine-Saloum", (Sénégal), Introduction, bibliographie et notes par Charles Becker. Version légèrement remaniée par rapport à celle qui est parue en 1986-87. p 19
  3. ^ a b Faye, Louis Diène, " Mort et Naissance le monde Sereer, Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines (1983), p 59, ISBN 2-7236-0868-9