Attending President Macky Sall’s second term inauguration this week in Senegal’s futuristic Diamnadio Lake City were several African heads of state, including Liberian soccer hero-turned-President George Weah and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, writes Barry Morgan.

Also attending the ceremony were ambassadors of Abu Dhabi and Qatar, which is trying to rebuild relations after a port investment scandal.

Poised to become a major global gas player, Senegal is attracting attention from hydrocarbon producers and rival states.

The arrival of BP and Total in Senegal has encouraged more majors and national oil companies to seek entry via farm-ins in what is often billed as one of Africa’s most stable jurisdictions.