Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over 80% of its territory covered by the Sahara desert. The economy is concentrated around subsistence agriculture and export of uranium ore, and remains handicapped by the country's landlocked position, shortage of skilled professionals, corruption and internal instability. Homosexuality is not forbidden in Niger but a punishment is possible should you "offend the public moral" or engage in sexual intercourse with minors under the age of 21. An imprisonment of 6 months to 3 years and a fine of between 10,000 and 100,000 CFA-franc is possible for offenders.
News & Reports:
- Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora, 2017/May/12
- Gay Niger News & Reports, 2009/Jan/01
Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora
In 1624, as Portuguese colonists were making their way through the east coast of Africa, a woman named Nzinga ascended to the throne of Ndongo (now Angola). She spent decades fighting off invaders, both from Portugal and neighboring African kingdoms, and became a legend among her people and around the world. Nzinga is one of… Read more »
Gay Niger News & Reports
Official name: Republic of Niger Capital: Niamey Head of state: President Mamadou Tandja (previous president assassinated in 1999) Population: 11,665,937 Independence: from France in 1958 Languages: French (official), Hausa, Djerma Religion: Muslim 80%, remainder indigenous beliefs and Christians Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF) Website for LGBT Africa: Behind the Mask 1 Between hope and… Read more »