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The Republic of Niger (French: République du Niger) is a landlocked country in western African. The country, which gets its name from the Niger river, (although more than three quarters of its territory is covered by the Sahara desert), shares land borders with Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, and Nigeria.

As of 2009, the population of Niger was estimated as being 15,306,252. The country's capital and largest city is Niamey, which had a population of 774,235 in the 2006 census.

Niger Country Details


Country Name Niger
Political Status Country
Geographic Location West Africa
Principal Language French
Capital Naimey


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Niger: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Jolijn Geels

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (280 pages)

Niger: The Bradt Travel Guide
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This first English-language guide to the Saharan country of Niger spans the densely populated regions of the south--a colorful melting pot of cultures--and the hostile desert landscape of the north--featuring some of the most stunning sand dunes in Africa. Transport options for travelers are a particular feature of the guide--including long-distance connections to neighboring countries, river trips on the River Niger and camel trekking in the Massif de Aïr and Ténéré desert regions, home to the nomadic Tuareg people. As more independent travelers are finding their way to Niger, this guide will focus on both ends of the market: the upmarket traveler looking for background information and the budget traveler with a need to know all the practicalities.

Features include:
>Full range of travel and accommodation options
>Present-day peoples and ethnic groups, including the Hausa, the Peul, and the Tuareg, including vocabulary and phrases
>Niger culture and religion
>Wildlife and ecosystems
1. Burkina Faso & Niger Travel Ref. Map 1:1,000,000/1:1,950,000
By ITMB Canada

ITMB Publishing, Ltd.
Map (2 pages)

1. Burkina Faso & Niger Travel Ref. Map 1:1,000,000/1:1,950,000
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2nd Ed. 2013 1:1,000,000/1:1,950,000 Burkina Faso, formerly the French territory of Haute Volta, is one of those quiet countries of Africa that never seem to hit the headlines. It is typical of several of the countries of Africa that we have mapped it sells steadily, but not spectacularly, and then all of a sudden runs out of copies. We are very pleased that the Codolo family of France agreed to provide us with numerous photos and improved road information as a result of their recent trip to what is actually one of the more interesting interior countries of the continent. We have also been able to re-draw and improve inset maps of the capital Ouagadougoa and of Bobo-Dioulasso, the main trading city on the border with Mali.
Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in The Niger Delta
By Ed Kashi

Brand: powerHouse Books
Released: 2010-04-20
Paperback (224 pages)

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in The Niger Delta
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Curse of the BlackGold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta takes a graphic look at the profound cost of oil exploitation in West Africa. Featuring images by world-renowned photojournalist Ed Kashi and text by prominent Nigerian journalists, human rights activists, and University of California at Berkeley professor Michael Watts, this book traces the 50-year history of Nigeria’s oil interests and the resulting environmental degradation and community conflicts that have plagued the region. 

Now one of the major suppliers of U.S. oil, Nigeria is the sixth largest producer of oil in the world. Set against a backdrop of what has been called the scramble for African oil, Curse of the Black Gold is the first book to document the consequences of a half-century of oil exploration and production in one of the world’s foremost centers of biodiversity. This book exposes the reality of oil’s impact and the absence of sustainable development in its wake, providing a compelling pictorial history of one of the world’s great deltaic areas. Accompanied by powerful writing by some of the most prominent public intellectuals and critics in contemporary Nigeria, Kashi’s photographs capture local leaders, armed militants, oil workers, and nameless villagers, all of whose fates are inextricably linked. His exclusive coverage bears witness to the ongoing struggles of local communities, illustrating the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty. 

The publication of Curse of the Black Gold occurs at a moment of worldwide concern over dependency on petroleum, dubbed by New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman as “the resource curse.” Much has been written about the drama of the search for oil—Daniel Yergin’s The Prize and Ryszard Kapuscinski’s Shah of Shahs are two of the most widely lauded—but there has been no serious examination of the relations between oil, environment, and community in a particular oil-producing region. Curse of the Black Gold is a landmark work of historic significance.
Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa
By Mungo Park

Brand: Duke University Press Books
Released: 2000-08-30
Paperback (416 pages)

Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa
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Mungo Park’s Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa has long been regarded as a classic of African travel literature. In fulfilling his mission to find the Niger River and in documenting its potential as an inland waterway for trade, Park was significant in opening Africa to European economic interests. His modest, low-key heroism made it possible for the British public to imagine themselves as a welcomed force in Africa. As a tale of adventure and survival, it has inspired the imaginations of readers since its first publication in 1799 and writers from Wordsworth and Melville to Conrad, Hemingway, and T. Coreghessan Boyle have acknowledged the influence of Park’s narrative on their work.
Unlike the large expeditions that followed him, Park traveled only with native guides or alone. Without much of an idea of where he was going, he relied entirely on local people for food, shelter, and directions throughout his eventful eighteen month journey. While his warm reaction to the people he met made him famous as a sentimental traveler, his chronicle also provides a rare written record of the lives of ordinary people in West Africa before European intervention. His accounts of war, politics, and the spread of Islam, as well as his constant confrontations with slavery as practiced in eighteenth-century West Africa, are as valuable today as they were in 1799. In preparing this new edition, editor Kate Ferguson Marsters presents the complete text and includes reproductions of all the original maps and illustrations.
Park’s narrative serves as a crucial text in relation to scholarship on the history of slavery, colonial enterprise, and nineteenth-century imperialism. The availability of this full edition will give a new generation of readers access to a travel narrative that has inspired other readers and writers over two centuries and will enliven scholarly discussion in many fields.
Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party
By Martin R. Delany

Martin R Delany
Paperback (62 pages)

Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party
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This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
Nomads of Niger
By Carol Beckwith

Brand: H.N. Abrams
Hardcover (224 pages)

Nomads of Niger
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A photographic celebration of the nomadic Wodaabe of Niger features thirty line drawings, 144 full-color photographs, and a narrative that follows a herdsman and his family and kinsmen through one year's journey in parched, sub-Saharan Africa.
To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger
By Mark Jenkins

Modern Times
Released: 2008-05-27
Paperback (224 pages)

To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger
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     For nearly eight years as the monthly columnist for Outside magazine, and in his award-winning books, Mark Jenkins has held fans spellbound with his riveting accounts of expeditions to remote parts of the globe. In To Timbuktu, he sets out with three friends to attempt their first descent of the Niger River, hoping to reach the legendary city of Timbuktu. Along the way they are attacked by killer bees, charged by hippos, and stalked by crocodiles. They stumble upon a group of completely blind men living alone in the bush and dance with a hundred naked women. That Jenkins finally reaches his goal—riding alone across the Sahara on a motorcycle—stands in sharp contrast to what befell earlier explorers who tried to find Timbuktu and whose fates the author interweaves with the narrative of his own journey.

     A rich combination of cultural exploration, history, and gripping adventure, this beautifully repackaged edition of To Timbuktu is a journey not to be missed.

 

 


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