Niger, Niger River(noun)
an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Niger, Republic of Niger(noun)
a landlocked republic in West Africa; gained independence from France in 1960; most of the country is dominated by the Sahara Desert
An herb, Guizotia abyssinica, from Ethiopia, grown for its seed and edible oil
Niger, officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km², making it the largest nation in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of 17,129,076 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far-southwest corner of Niger. Niger is a developing country, and is consistently one of the lowest-ranked in the United Nations' Human Development Index; it was ranked 186th of 186 countries for 2012. Much of the non-desert portions of the country are threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and the export of raw materials, especially uranium ore. Niger remains handicapped by its landlocked position, desert terrain, poor education and poverty of its people, lack of infrastructure, lack of property rights, lack of free markets, poor health care, and environmental degradation.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a great river of Western Africa, whose head-waters rise amid the Kong Mountains behind Sierra Leone; flowing NE. as far as Timbuctoo (2 m. from the river), it there bends gradually southward, receives from the E. its great affluent the Benuë, and about 100 m. from the coast begins to form a wide forest and jungle-covered delta (larger than that of the Nile), and finally flows into the Gulf of Guinea by 22 mouths after a course of some 2600 m. Forms, with the Benuë, an invaluable highway into the heart of the country; its upper and middle parts, under the names Joliba, &c., are within the French sphere, and the lower portion below Say is under English authority.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A republic in western Africa, north of NIGERIA and west of CHAD. Its capital is Niamey.
The numerical value of Niger in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Niger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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Niger and Chadian planes are conducting surveillance at the moment in town and troops on the ground are combing through the streets.
Boko Haram attacked us and you don't attack Niger with impunity. Today's support for the armed forces must be permanent, if Allah wills it, Niger will be Boko Haram's tomb.
In Diffa, people can no longer cross into Nigeria for work as it's too dangerous. But farmers in Niger are exporting to Nigeria where prices are higher due to the violence, so locals can't afford to eat.
This [ Kogi State ] is one of the areas that’s in between in terms of militant activity, there is some activity in the south near the Niger Delta but Niger Delta is very small compared to Boko Haram’s activity in the north.
Libya is chaos today and it is a breeding ground for terrorists that threaten the stability of Niger and, further afield, France, we think that the moment has come to ensure that the international community tackles the Libyan problem. I think this is also what President Issoufou believes.
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