Interview with Dr Ibrahima Seck Pt2

Dr Seck continues in Part II  discussing religion, spirituality and superstition, Covid-19, rites of passage and his optimism for the future. Dr Ibrahima Seck is co-founder of the Whitney Plantation Museum where he serves as Director of Research. His research is mostly devoted to the historical and cultural links between West Africa and Louisiana. He is joined on this episode by Dr Joyce Jackson Chair of the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology

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Dr Seck with his son and Dr Joyce Marie Jackson
Dr Seck with his son and Dr Joyce Marie Jackson


Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview of Dr. Ibrahima Seck Pt2

Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra formerly named Lyman white. Thank you for joining us today.

Good evening. We’re back once again here with our dear brother, scholar, author, historian. We have to do it. It was so good the first time we had to come back to there’s just so much information, so much knowledge. I don’t know. We still going to be able to get it all this time, but we can do the best we can. We have her Doctor Ibrahima Seck.. But first of all, I met Brother Ibrahima years ago. I was on the board of the River Road African American Museum, we was on the Tezcuco plantation at the time. And at that time our President was Madam Chair right now of LSU, Doctor Joyce Marie Jackson, who is here with us today. Welcome again, Doc.

Dr Jackson

Hello. Thank you.


And we will have her participating, too, in the interview is not interview with this conversation and discussion, but we have Brother Ibrahima Seck here who wrote his book on book. Fait Gombo. We got Gombo around here. So that’s how we going to  say Gombo, which is a book about the history of the slave community of Habitation. Haydel at Witney Plantation. So we are here.


Africa continent
Actual sizes compared to Africa

First of all, we want to talk about the big thing that has been in this country for the last going on two years now and it’s kind of weighing everybody down. But I want to know, how are they dealing with this in your country? The covid 19. How is that affecting the people there? The income, people working. Can people work? People getting out people being able to sell their products. What’s going on? in Senegal with covid 19.

Dr Seck

Covid-19 really started hitting us in February 2020. In the first case was a Frenchman from France. There was a lot of scare, of course, and the government took a lot of decisions. Hard ones like confinement. It wasn’t really real confinement because still people could go out and work on the daytime, wear a mask.

Africa response to Covid-19
Teachers in Dakar, Senegal wait to board government chartered buses to go back to schools in countryside towns amid travel bans between regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

And we have a curfew starting at 08:00 and it lasted about three months. And then they lifted the curfew. But during the first wave, we did really well, very low rate of infection. Very few people died of it. But for the the next wave, of the Delta variant of the virus, it was worse but still under control. At one time So far, according to official records, we have 1,826 who died from it since it’s been


In the country of Senegal?

Dr Seck

in the country 1,826, out of a population of 16 million people.

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