Mr. A. Raphael Ndiaye holds degrees in philosophy (Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne 1971), librarianship (Ecole nationale supérieure des Bibliothécaires, ENSB, Paris 1972) and ethnolinguistics (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1981). He also attended a training course in publishing in Paris (1986).
He was director of the Cultural Archives of Senegal (audiovisual archives on the oral traditions of all the country’s ethnic groups 1975 - 1981), director of the public libraries of his country (1977 - 1987), and president of various library associations (1975 - 1987).
As a radio man, he created and hosted two programs on Radio Senegal International: “La tradition orale d’hier à demain”, a weekly half-hour program, from December 1976 to December 1980, and “Espace livre”, a weekly program promoting books and reading, 45 minutes then 30 minutes, from October 1987 to March 2016).
He was a teacher at the School of Librarian Archivists and Documentalists in Dakar (from 1975 to 1987) and coordinated the communication sector at Enda Tiers Monde (from 1987 to 2010) before attending the training of trainers workshop on the 2003 Convention.
He has participated in several research projects in West Africa and has published several books of a cultural nature (the last two in 2020 : Lutteur de légende, a long poem of 588 verses, and La Parole chez les Seereer Anthropologie et langage, 334 pages).
Since 2013, he has been the Managing Director of the Léopold Sédar Senghor Foundation in Dakar.