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Traditions & Customs in Niger

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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 not a good idea to reject too much and to think, “These folks are too impoverished to offer me these things.” That is insulting since taking excellent care of guests is a source of pride and tremendous joy for many individuals. Don’t remark aloud when you observe poverty or items in disrepair, and please don’t remind Nigeriens of their country’s poverty.

Dress conservatively, with no shorts, skirts above the knees, or tank tops. Even in Niamey, women who wear revealingly may be considered disrespectful. Also, dress well since your appearance influences how well you are treated.

Avoid intoxicated behavior since alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim faith and is widely frowned upon in Niger.

Before taking a picture, always ask individuals, particularly camel drivers, market vendors, and the elderly. Many Nigerians continue to find it insulting.

Slavery is still prevalent in the interior regions, away from cities. Slaves may usually be identified by their plain, solid ankle bands on both feet, which resemble manacles and may possibly serve that function. Unless you’re feeling especially bold, it’s usually better to avoid discussing the topic with either victims or perpetrators.

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