Guediawaye, Senegal


Photographer: Christian Bobst

Year of Submission: 2016 (Educators Edition) 

Traditional forms of wrestling are found throughout West Africa. But nowhere is the sport more popular than in Senegal, where its version – known as laamb – even beats out football, and top fighters can earn as much as several hundred thousand dollars a year for a single bout. Across the country, Lac de Guiers is famous for his 2003 victory over the Commando, a much taller adversary who at the time was one of the country’s best-known wrestlers. Today, Lac runs his own wrestling school in Guédiawaye, a town near Dakar, the country’s capital, passing on his knowledge to young men eager to become professional wrestlers.