03/01/2012 06:34 GMT | Updated 04/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Musical Star Yousoo N'Dour Enters Senegal Presidential Elections

Singer Yousou N'Dour has confirmed reports he is running as a candidate in Senegal's upcoming presidential elections.

The musician announced in November he had turned his back on his music career to concentrate on politics, sparking speculation he was considering entering the West African country's presidential race as a last-minute hopeful.

He said at the time, "From January 2 onwards, I am freeing myself from all artistic engagements to enter the political arena."

N'Dour has now revealed he will be standing in the February elections following a number of requests for him to run.

Speaking on his own TV network, he says, "I have listened... and I am responding favourably... It is a supreme patriotic duty.

"It's true, I haven't pursued higher education, but the presidency is a function and not a job. I have proved my competence, commitment, rigour and efficiency time and time again. I have studied at the school of the world. Travel teaches as much as books."