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Niamey is the capital city of the African country of Niger. It is Niger's largest city. The city is on the Niger River. Naimey is the administrative, cultural and economic center of the country. The city has 674,950 people.

Niamey
Niamey at night
Niamey at night
Country Niger
RegionNiamey Urban Community
Communes Urbaines5 Communes
Districts44 Districts
Quartiers99 Quarters
Government
 • TypeAppointed district government, elected city council, elected commune and quarter councils[1]
 • Governor of Niamey Urban CommunityMrs. Kané Aichatou Boulama[1]
 • Mayor of Niamey CityOumarou Dogari Moumouni[1]
Area
 • Total239.30 km2 (92.39 sq mi)
Elevation
207 m (679 ft)
Population
 (2006 estimate[3])
 • Total774,235
 • Density2,597/km2 (6,730/sq mi)
 Niamey Urban Community
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Area code(s)20

The city is in a pearl millet growing region. Manufacturing industries in the city include bricks, ceramic goods, cement and weaving.

HistoryEdit

Niamey was probably founded during the 18th century. It was of little importance until the French created a colonial post there in the 1890s. The city grew quickly after that happened. In 1926, it became the capital of Niger. The number of people grew slowly from about 3,000 people in 1930 to around 30,000 in 1960, 250,000 in 1980 and 675,000 in 2002. The major cause of the increase has been immigration during droughts.

Things to seeEdit

Things to see in the city include the Niger National Museum. The museum includes a zoo, a museum of vernacular architecture, a craft centre, and displays including dinosaur skeletons and the Tree of Ténéré. The city also has American, French and Nigerien cultural centres, two major markets, and a traditional wrestling arena .

The city is the site of Diori Hamani International Airport, the National School of Administration, and Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Installation du Conseil de ville de Niamey et élection des membres : M. Oumarou Dogari Moumouni, élu maire de la ville de Niamey. Laouali Souleymane, Le Sahel (Niamey). 2011-07-01
  2. ADAMOU Abdoulaye. Parcours migratoire des citadins et problème du logement à Niamey. RÉPUBLIQUE DU NIGER UNIVERSITÉ ABDOU MOUMOUNI DE NIAMEY Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines DÉPARTEMENT DE GÉOGRAPHIE(2005), p. 34
  3. African researcher visits Oklahoma. p. 2