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From Democrat in the United States to Field Farmer in Senegal, the Story of Thione Niang

Thione Niang , a Senegalese man, was for several years the leader of the young democrats in the United States and also a close friend of the 44th American president Barack Obama.

From Democrat in the United States to field farmer in Senegal, the story of Thione Niang

But as we say at home, we can never forget its roots. Thione Niang wanted to set up his project: “to train young people and work the basis of all economic activity, agriculture”, returned to his native country:Senegal.

Coming from a poor and polygamous family, at the age of 16, he left to finish his secondary education at Lycée Blaise Diagne in Dakar. In 1998, like any ambitious person, he dreamed of the United States. He applied for a visa four times before landing in New York in the Bronx in 2000 with $ 20 in his pocket.

 

And seven years later, he volunteers as a volunteer in the campaign for Democratic City Councilor Kevin Conwell. Dynamic, he participated in the same period in the campaign for mayor Frank Jackson as deputy director.

Then he joins the black MP Shirley Smith, president of the Ohio Black Caucus , a senatorial candidate who allowed him to meet Barack Obama in 2006.

The Thione course is one of the most iconic success stories in the United States. In 2008, when he was only 30 years old, he was part of the Barack Obama campaign committee as a “community organizer” of young democrats. We owe him the legendary slogan “Yes, we can” .

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From Democrat in the United States to field farmer in Senegal, the story of Thione Niang

In 2009, after a historic election, he was named President of International Affairs for Young Democrats in the United States. That same year, Thione Niang was touched by an Obama speech and later opened his foundation which he named Give1 Project. Present in 34 countries around the world, including 23 in Africa, it is concerned about the fate and autonomy of young migrants. 

In 2012, he again calls on young Americans to support Barack Obama to “protect the American dream” and launches the official campaign with him. He is then selected by the Center for American Progress as one of the 10 most “daring” black activists in the United States.

From Democrat in the United States to field farmer in Senegal, the story of Thione Niang

Convinced that all leadership is to set an example, he decided for four years to cultivate fields in Senegal. On 75 hectares, it pushes young people to change their perspective on agriculture and initiative in general. ”  It’s not a poor job in villages without water or electricity that you have to leave to find a job as a caretaker in Dakar. Agriculture is noble, it counts because it is the basis of our economic independence. She is the one who feeds the country.  “Hinted Thione Niang. 

From Democrat in the United States to field farmer in Senegal, the story of Thione Niang

Source: RFI

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