Obituary of Saltigi Biram Pouye (Saltigi Biram Puuy)
We are saddened by the passing of our colleague, friend, uncle, granddad and mentor - the great Saltigi Biram Pouye. The Seereer Resource Centre, Seereer Radio, Seereer Heritage Press and their respective teams would like to offer their heartfelt and sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to our respective teams who regarded him as a member of our family.
Tamsier Joof wrote:
I am saddened by the loss of our colleague at The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio. The late Saltigi Biram Pouye was one of the last remnants of the old Saltigi class. He was more than a colleague to us but a friend, uncle and mentor. His humour and wisdom will surely be missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Goliŋ!
Seereer Radio wrote:
Our sincere condolences to the family of our colleague and friend Saltigi Biram Pouye. He was a family to us and not just a colleague, and will be surely missed. Saltigi Pouye passed away yesterday - Saturday, 2nd February 2019, and will be buried today at Diobass, Senegal. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Goliŋ!If not tonight, in the next few days, the Seereer Radio team will be broadcasting a live tribute to our late colleague. Stay tuned for updatesYou can listen to all previous interviews we've had with the late Saltigi Biram Pouye by visiting the SRC and Seereer Radio's joint podcast website (see links below).
Seereer Heritage Press wrote:
We are saddened by this news. Saltigi Pouye was highly regarded and respected who have worked diligently to preserve what is left of Seereer culture and traditions. He will be missed. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Demba Sene paid tribute in the following terms:
Other than being my teacher of Seereer spirituality and wisdom, Saltigui Birame Pouye was also my grandfather [great-uncle] on my mother's side.
He was one of the rarest and most authentic saltigui I have met during my research. The last time we've seen each other was 8 days ago, before his death. He has not been feeling well for sometime.
We spoke a lot about the importance of family. When I was getting ready to leave, I offered to give him some money but he asked me for more - saying: "I have to buy two bags of rice." That was unusual, because in all the years I've known him, and throughout his life judging by the accounts of elders, Saltigui Pouye lived his life like a true Seereer and saltigui, and never asked others for anything. Another strange thing which I only thought about later was when he told me to come back on 3rd of February 2019 (the day of his funeral). In my view, this is all symbolic and he was practically saying goodbye and wanted me to be at the funeral, and to be there for the family when he is gone.
He was the last true saltigui from the Saafi community I know. He taught me a lot to which I am immensely grateful. I'm sure he is making his way to Jaaniiw to start a new life.
Safe journey Grandpa!
Radio tribute coming soon!
Seereer Radio will be broadcasting a special tribute in the next few days to honour our late colleague, uncle, granddad, friend and mentor. Please stay tuned for further announcements.
- Seereer proper: Saltigi Biram Puuy
- Other: Saltigui Birame Pouye or Saltigi Biram Pouye
Our video interview with Saltigi Pouye in 2015