Niamey Niger Art

Art of Empires on the banks of the Sahara explores the vibrant visual culture that flourished in a region that remains a periphery for the larger art-historical narrative.

Looking east, one sees the lush swamp forests that were left behind in the wake of Niger, and looking east, looking west, one sees photos of the city of Niamey, the capital of Niger, as well as Gao, Mali. Finally, takes about 4 days, Ibe on a bus service from Niamesy to Gao in Mali, which takes 20 hours all the way from Dakar. A new asphalt route connects this town with G Sao Mali, passing through Boubon, Farie, Tillaberi and Ayorou.

Although the Niger River flows through the city and there are no obstacles to the river (no rapids or waterfalls), there is still the possibility to go upstream if you want to visit some of Niamey's more scenic parts such as the waterfront and the old town.

The city, which was once the most popular tourist destination of Niger, is considerably away, at a distance of over 1000 km. Despite the growing migration of people from Africa and the Middle East, Niger remains predominantly rural, with only a few small towns and villages in the country.

As far as religion is concerned, more people in Niger are strongly influenced by Islam, which has spread in North Africa since the 10th century. Although Niger's population is predominantly Muslim, anything they could do in the name of Islam cannot be considered to advance the common good. In the West of the Niger, some even believe that if you are under 40, you cannot be a scholar and that you are expected to simply read the Koran and stick to it. This affects all populations, but even more so the people of Nigeria, as Islam has spread throughout North Africa.

One of these projects is the Niamey Cultural Center, designed by the Niger company Atelier, one of the largest and most prestigious art galleries in the world.

The museum was named "the best West African national museum" for its bright blue and white building. It is a beautiful building built years ago by the famous architect in Niger and houses some of the world's most important art galleries and museums.

The most spectacular works are terracotta tones made from fired clay by the civilisation of the Middle Niger in the 12th and 14th centuries. Formally, the earliest wooden artifacts resemble clay - fired ceramics, as they were made in the valleys of the Middle Niger.

Weaving vibrant colours and geometric patterns was a popular wedding gift, and Saley says it was a vanishing art in Niger. The head of the reclining figure (3rd - 11th century) is an androgynous, naturalistic terracotta figure, as are the heads (2nd - 12th century) and the head - reclining figure (13th - 14th century) of a woman.

The sculpture was sent to an anthropological museum in the 19th century, when most of them would have been too big for an art museum or too small for a museum. I was able to find a separate section called the Centre for Resources Documentaires, and there is good tourist information. It costs 3 pagne, but since it is an Enitex brand, made in Niger, it is slightly cheaper.

For those who are relatively unfamiliar with art as a historical entity, the Western Sahel, now divided between Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, has a complicated history. The first European explorers came to the area in the 17th century to search for the mouth of the Niger. Countries in this "Sahel" now include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Mali, as well as Niger itself.

Niger was locked in the pre-colonial era, but Fuglestad argues that continuity was more important than change during the colonial era, and that Niger was never effectively ruled by the French. The cultures and kingdoms that emerged here were of different strengths and each brought its own cultural traditions to the new state of Niger.

Niger became a French colony in West Africa in 1922 and was granted overseas territory status in 1946. In the early 20th century it was part of French West Africa until independence in 1960. Seligman first became acquainted with Niamey's art and cultural traditions while living and working in Liberia. No one came to ask me to tell you about it, even though it is my memory.

In 1898, the invading French found the village a suitable location for a military base, and in 1905, the city, which is located in a stable region, became the capital of the French West African colony of Niamey, a town of about 500 inhabitants, located on the Niger River, where a multi-ethnic population lives. While French has been the preferred intercultural language since independence, Niger has eight other official languages, including English, French, Hausa, Zarma, N'Djibouti, Kebba, Toubou, Malian and Togolese. The regional languages are Zarmaya and Husa in addition to the eight national languages, although the cities are home to many ethnic groups from all over Niger.

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