Niger shares a lot of our more popular holidays like Christmas, New Years, and Easter. They also have their own replublic day which is pretty much an Independence Day. With the Islamic dominance in the country they have some Muslim holidays like Ramadan Eid al Fitr. They also do tribal ceremonies with masks and tribal rituals.
People dancing during the salt festival.
Traditional dancers on stilts in Niger festival of its river.
Hausa mask for Hausa tried rituals.
A video of a Festival of Niger performance in their language.
Republique du Niger or the Republic of Niger is the official name of the government of Niger. They have three branches just like we do. They have their president, their National Assembly, and their constitutional court. They have more than 10 political parties. They still share a lot of Frances laws that were put there when the French controlled them. Their economy has gotten worse due to terrorism and less demand of uranium, which was a big part of their economy. They may be boosted back up by the oil they have in their country. Also, Mali is hurting Niger with the unemployed people from Mali illegally entering Niger and kidnapping along with murder and other horrendous actions.
Human-environment interaction is the theme of geography that explains the way the environment of a place affects the people or how the people affect the environment.
In Niger not very many crops are grown. There isn't a lot of Niger where plants can survive at. The places where they can though it's plants like pearl millet, sorghum, and cassava.
Video below of the food and crop crisis along with drought and malaria.
Although Niger has a pretty good variety of jobs a lot of people are just farmers or herders for their own families. There are also a lot of mines for uranium and other natural resources in the country. I mean there's also a chance to be president.
President Mahamadou Issoufou
Uranium mine and worker in Niger
In Niger there are a lot of things that are endangered. There are a lot more animals that are endangered so I'll talk about them first. Some of the animals include elephants, lions, cheetah, Addax, the African Skimmer, and many many more. Plants on the other hand there are only Afzelia and African Mahogany that I found. A lot of the animals like elephants and lions are hunted for their exotic parts to say in lack of a better term. The plants are just very useful for building and manufacturing items.
The environment in Niger is in very bad shape. A lot of this is due to mining or overgrazing along with deforestation and bad farming techniques. Solutions for Niger to improve their environment would be reforestation along with better care in agriculture.
Region is the geographic theme that can be used to speak of climate, wildlife, religious beliefs, climate, etc.
Niger is very undeveloped and because of that they have very bad schooling. Niger has a really low number of people who can read and write. A lot of the problem is the fact that they are too poor and the parents need extra farm hands or workers so they can survive. With women it tends to be more important for them to get married early so they don't need school.
Another classroom in Niger
Adults in Niger learning to read and write.
The population of Niger is about 21,280,600. The population density of Niger 44 people per square mile. The whole country of Niger is only 489,200 square miles. Their capita GDP is 383.83 in US dollars. They do have a pretty low life expectancy compared to other countries though. For men in Niger the life expectancy is 61 and for females about 63. The percentage of people who can read and write in Niger is a little below 60 percent. Niger has multiple climate regions in its border. It's home to a desert region and tropical region. In some parts Niger gets good rain and in others it's very dry.
Movement is the geographic theme that represents the sharing of ideals, people, or things.
Plenty of things are imported and exported from Niger. A few of their exports are uranium ore, livestock, cowpeas, gold, and iron ore. Some of their imports are rice, machinery, vehicles, and petroleum.
Rice types that could be moved into Niger.
Those uh things that could be brought into Niger
Niger gained its independence from France in 1958 and their flag was made a year later. The country gained independence with a union rather than being very violent and killing for freedom.
Due to Niger's lack of development they use very primal farming tools most of time and get a lot of their technology like cars, computers, phones, etc. imported from other places. Even with that they have very little of those simple things we see everyday.
Plow being pulled by ox on farm
Types of cars seen in Niger
Basic laptop for sale in Niger
Niger has very few cars so their public transportation is packed and they use a lot of camels along with walking and they talk mainly with letters or phones.
Bus packed with people going around the town
Phone being sold in Niger
Camels which people in Niger would love to have to themselves
In Niger recently there have been a lot of kidnappings and killing due to terrorists or rebels by the name of Boko Haram. About 160 of hem were arrested recently while being recruited near Niger and Nigeria's border.
Video about Boko Harem and how dangerous it is.
Another problem in Niger recently is the death of people in the desert and heat in general due to their lack of or untrustworthy vehicles. There have recently been about a hundred deaths due to this. There have been volunteers digging graves for the dead of this tragedy. A lot of the bodies haven't even been able to Rest In Peace and have been eaten b animals or decomposed since sometimes they aren't found for a long time. Most of the deaths are migrants.
Migrants ready to travel the Sahara
Niger is in crisis after crisis but going to Niger could be good. They have hotels and exotic animals and a lot of climates. Below is a video of a hotel in Niger.
Below are some animals you could see if visiting Niger.
Living in Niger permanently would be horrible. They do have private schools that are expensive where learning is available. They have very bad public schools. A lot of Niger children don't go to school because they help their parents farm and don't have a lot of free time. They listen to a lot of traditional music and some pop and rock music in their language.
Students in a private school in Niger.
Desert Rebel. A band in Niger.
Traditional band of Niger called Etran Finatawa