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Culture Of Niger

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Nigerien culture is characterized by diversity, a result of the cultural crossroads that French colonization molded into a united state at the turn of the twentieth century. In the pre-colonial era, Niger was formed from four distinct cultural areas: the Zarma-dominated Niger River valley in the southwest; the northern periphery of Hausaland, consisting mostly of states that had resisted the Sokoto Caliphate and extending along the long southern border with Nigeria; and the Lake Chad basin and Kaouar in the far east, populated by Kanuri farmers and Touboupastor.

Each of these tribes, as well as minor ethnic groups like as the pastoral Wodaabe Fula, carried with them their unique cultural traditions to the nascent state of Niger. While successive post-independence governments have attempted to forge a shared national culture, progress has been slow, in part because the major Nigerien communities have their own cultural histories, and in part because Nigerien ethnic groups such as the Hausa, Tuareg, and Kanuri are but parts of larger ethnic communities that cross borders introduced by colonialism.

Until the 1990s, Niamey and the Zarma people of the surrounding area controlled governance and politics. At the same time, the majority of the people in the Hausa borders between Birni-N’Konni and Maine-Soroa has frequently turned to Hausaland in Nigeria for cultural inspiration rather than Niamey. Between 1996 and 2003, primary school attendance was approximately 30%, with 36 percent of men and just 25 percent of girls attending. Madrasas provide further education.

How To Travel To Niger

By plane Niamey and Agadez both have international airports. Flights from Europe and West Africa arrive in Niamey on a regular basis.Air France is the only major airline operating direct flights from outside of Africa, although Point Air Niger, a small airline, travels weekly between France and Niamey.Royal Air Maroc offers...

How To Travel Around Niger

In Niger, there are no railroads. Over 2000 kilometers of the 10,000 kilometers of roads are paved, and attempts are being undertaken to enhance some of the portions that have previously been inexhaustibly repaired. On roads in good to acceptable condition, you may drive from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso all...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Niger

Visas are required by all nationals except: Nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Tunisia are eligible.Residents in possession of a valid Permis de Séjour or Visa de...

Destinations in Niger

Cities in Niger Niamey — Despite being both the administrative and commercial capital, it is probably the least congested and chaotic city in West Africa.Agadez — For almost five centuries, it has been a trans-Saharan commercial center, home to a beautiful palace and numerous mosques, and a gateway to the...

Food & Drinks in Niger

Food in Niger Traditional local cuisine includes: a thick millet porridge topped with an okra sauce, a pepper sauce, a tomato sauce, or a squash sauce, occasionally with vegetables and a few pieces of meatrice with the aforementioned saucesmushy macaroni with an oily crimson saucerice & beansmaize couscous with moringa leaves,...

Money & Shopping in Niger

Niger uses the West African CFA franc (XOF), which is pronounced "say-eff-ah." Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and Togo also use it. While technically distinct from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all CFA franc (XAF &...

Festivals & Holidays in Niger

Niger's government and people celebrate a total of twelve official public holidays. International commemorations, significant events in Niger's history, and religious festivals are among them. As official public holidays, both Christian and Muslim holidays are celebrated. While France, the previous colonial authority, established Christian observances, the overwhelming majority of...

Traditions & Customs in Niger

Visitors are regarded like kings in Niger (according to a Koranic saying), so be cautious not to take advantage of the generosity you will be given. Generally, accept any little symbols and gestures (cokes, tea, small presents, etc.) that are given to you throughout your stay in Niger. It's...

Language & Phrasebook in Niger

The official language of Niger is French, although relatively few people speak it outside of Niamey, and even then, don't anticipate a high-level discussion with market merchants. Djerma (spoken mostly in Niamey and the neighboring Tillaberi and Dosso areas), Hausa, Fulfulde, and Tamashek (spoken by Tuaregs in the north),...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Niger

Stay Safe in Niger Niger is a politically unstable country with extensive lawlessness. The most recent coup in early 2010 exacerbated the dangerous situation, and every visitor should carefully monitor independent news and maintain touch with their embassy. Vicious and cruel Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram militants are active in Niger...

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