He was her teacher, she was his student — how Senegal’s president met 2nd first lady


The love story between Faye and Absa arouses media interest.

He struggled with his feelings, but over time, enchanted by Absa’s intelligence, discipline and brilliance, Bassirou Diomaye Faye fell in love with the student.

Absa Faye is the second wife of the President of Senegal. Bassirou Diomaye Faye won the presidential elections on March 24, and the country gained two first ladies.

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The love story with his second wife arouses media interest.

Polygamy is a traditional and religious practice deeply rooted in the culture of Senegal, where the overwhelming majority are Muslims. A man can have up to four wives, although the rule is simple – he must support them all.

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Thanks to the newly sworn-in president of Senegal, for the first time in history the country has two first ladies. The president has known Maria Khone, who has never been in the spotlight until now, since childhood, they come from the same village. They got married 15 years ago and have four children.

After almost 14 years of married life, Faye got married again. His second wife was a former student.


President Bassirou Diomaye Faye (centre), and his wives, Marie Khone Faye (right) and Absa Faye (left) [VOA]

Absa Faye is from Dakar. Her education began in Ben Tally and later continued in Keur Massar. After graduating from school, Absa Faye decided to study at Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique (ESP) in Dakar, where she studied management from 2010-2012. It was there she met her future husband who was her teacher.

At the beginning of their relationship, Faye had no plans to share his life with Absa. His plans focused on devoting himself to his first wife and their children. He struggled with his feelings, but over time, charmed by Absa’s intelligence, discipline and brilliance, he fell in love. Absa Faye, he claimed, mastered the teachings perfectly and demonstrated extensive knowledge on every subject.

This love was not interrupted even by Absa’s departure to France, where she took up a job in a bank. Despite the distance, Absa and Faye kept in constant contact. In 2022, Faye wanted to marry Absa as his second wife, but due to the illness of his older brother, Thierno Faye, he had to postpone the wedding. Only on February 4, 2023, their relationship was sealed by members of both families.

Absa Faye, despite difficulties, has always stood by her husband, who is currently the fifth president of the Republic of Senegal.

“This story shows not only the strength of their love, but also the determination and loyalty that are necessary in a relationship, especially when this relationship is put to the test in front of the entire nation”

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