The car rapide is an inescapable part of daily Senegalese life. With their brightly painted decorations and their sheer number lining the streets of Dakar, car rapides have become a symbol of Senegal. Images of these vehicles can be found on postcards, in graffiti murals on the street, in guidebooks, and in artwork. The car rapides provide a picturesque image of Senegal for tourists, but for most local Senegalese people, they are seen as a necessary evil. In this study, I investigated all aspects of car rapide culture in Dakar, specifically, how because of their physical aesthetic and image, the car rapide has become a symbol of Senegal. Because of the Senegalese oral culture and tradition, I decided that the best way to exhibit my findings would be by writing a creative fiction narrative where the car rapide itself is given the opportunity to speak.
Arts and Humanities
Graziano, Alicia, "Alhamdoulillah: The Use of the Car Rapide as a Living Symbol of Senegal" (2014). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 1911.