Niger

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INFORMATION

Capital: Niamey

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Mahamadou Issoufou

Economy:

  • Agriculture contributes about 40% of GDP and provides livelihood for about 80% of the population.
  • Sizable reserves of oil.
  • Drought, desertification, and strong population growth have undercut the economy.

Population: 19,245,344 (2017)

Land Size: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hausa: 55.4%
  • Djerma Sonrai: 21%
  • Tuareg: 9.3%
  • Peuhl: 8.5%
  • Kanouri Manga: 4.7%
  • Other: 1.2% (2001 census)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 80%
  • Other (includes Indigenous African Religions and Christian): 20%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Hausa
  • Djerma

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Aug 16, 2018: Niger and Germany - a Questionable Friendship - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Deutsche Welle] In its efforts to staunch the flow of migrants from Africa, Germany sees Niger as a key partner. But it risks supporting a president who is becoming increasingly authoritarian, warns DW's Thomas Mösch.
  • Wed - Aug 15, 2018: The Wodaabe Wife Stealing Festival - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Guardian] The Wodaabe tribe is a Fulani tribe in Niger, West Africa. The males in the tribe are regarded as very vain because they believe that they are the most handsome set of men and they always carry mirrors.
  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: Tanzania Withdraws Competitors From African Athletics Championships - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [RFI] Tanzanian athletes pulled out of the biennual African Athletics Championships in Nigeria on Thursday citing poor organisation and security concerns at the venue.
  • Tue - Jul 31, 2018: Things to Know About Niger-Nigeria Refinery, Pipeline Deals - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Daily Trust] Propelled by the desire to encourage cross border economic development, Nigeria and the Republic of Niger recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a hydrocarbon pipeline and a petroleum refinery.
  • Tue - Jul 24, 2018: Nigeria Signs Pipeline, Refinery MoU With Niger Republic - AllAfrica News: Niger
    [Premium Times] Nigeria and the Republic of Niger have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the construction of a hydrocarbon pipeline and a petroleum refinery.