Bernadette Coly -Nanny, housekeeper, and cleaner

Bernadette Coly has worked for us as a nanny/cook/cleaner since the beginning of 2018. We knew it was the right match ever since she appeared the first week unexpectedly with a magical hibachi! She’s been warm with our three kids… always present and having fun with her jolly antics. Because she’s such a natural with young ones of all ages, she can be thoroughly trusted to make the right decisions, even when it can be challenging to do so.

If balancing the art of prioritization is the hallmark of a strong housekeeper, Bernadette always knows that the kids come first. She’s equally comfortable sitting on the floor storytelling or singing with the kids, vacuuming/mopping, or making a delicious mesquite-grilled porc yassa. Even during the most challenging situations, she never becomes upset or lets the kids take advantage of her. Universally well-liked by her colleagues in the building, Bernadette has a magnetic personality that’s always positive. 

Some of Bernadette’s culinary specialties include almond-crusted monkfish, grilled plantain skewers, crispy chicken in panko almond meal (poulet pané), lemon marinated hickory-smoked grilled chicken wings, cheese mashed potatoes, coconut curry roasted pumpkin soup, garlic marinated grilled octopus, chili con carne, stuffed grilled fish fresh from the market, and chickpea coconut milk stew (chana masala). She also often prepares French lentils and all varieties of beans, mostly with an Indian twist. For many of these dishes, she’s gifted at hiding blended carrots/onions into them to charm even the most finicky toddler. Bernadette makes all sorts of original, crispy, and delicious salads (fruit or vegetable) with whatever herbs, seafood, and nuts she can find. She doesn’t mind coming a little early in the morning when need be in order to cook up some sausages or freshly-made crepes. Our favorites among her Senegalese cuisine include black-eyed peas (ndambé), black-eyed pea fritters (accras de niebé), and red black-eyed peas with smoked conch (thiebou ketchakh). Naturally, she also makes a delicious mafé or thieboudienne. All her Senegalese beverages made from scratch are refreshing, such as mint sugar-free hibiscus juice (bissap) that the kids likewise savor.

Other responsibilities that Bernadette has taken on include ironing, taking the kids on walks to see tortoises and peacocks, light shopping for produce, and sanitizing fruits and veggies in bleach. She’s meticulous in her record-keeping for the money she spends on shopping and can be trusted to keep cash on hand for long periods of time without much checking in. She also understands the importance of not being on her phone while working with the kids and not having screen time. 

If you’re looking for reliability and a forthright personality while teleworking, Bernadette is the ideal person to have in your household. She’s extremely understanding and very patient with kids, to the point of being unflappable. When it comes to the youngest kids, she can keep a tiny one entertained even while ironing clothes. She’s never missed a day of work and has a true passion for being around our kind, naughty, silly, fun, grumpy, wild kids… and adults. 

We recommend Bernadette very highly and encourage anyone looking for an amazing cook/nanny/cleaner and an all-around wonderful and highly capable person to support their family in Dakar. She received her COVID-19 vaccine. She speaks French and Wolof. Please contact Bernadette at 77 523 7353 or 70 513 2314 with inquiries. Feel free to ask us questions at 77 740 9233 or email Bernadette is available starting June 22nd.