Is Niger The Same As Nigeria? See 2 Ways To Differentiate It

Is Niger The Same As Nigeria? See 2 Ways To Differentiate It
October 19
19:13 2017

Is Niger The Same As Nigeria? See 2 Ways To Differentiate It

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There are 2 ways to look at it and hence, 2 ways to differentiate it.

First. Nigeria is a country in Africa. And Niger (pronounced neejair) is a country. Both countries share a border in Nigeria’s North and Niger’s South.

A person from Nigeria is called Nigerian and a person from Niger is called Nigerien (male) or Nigerienne (female). This is because Niger is a francophone country and French as a language makes such distinctions. But generally speaking, in English language, they’re all Nigeriens. You may also note that there’s a state called Niger in northern Nigeria.

Secondly. There’s a river that has its source in the Republic of Guinea (Conakry) – precisely at the Fouta Djallon Highlands. It’s called Niger (pronounced Naïja). It’s the 3rd longest river in Africa with about 2,500 miles in length. This river is the main river in West Africa. This river terminates into the Atlantic ocean thru Nigeria in the very popular Niger Delta region.

So if you’re referring to countries, there’s a difference between Nigeria and Niger. The former is an Anglophone country and the most populous country in Africa while the latter is a francophone country sitting just above Nigeria on the map.

The actual confusion should come from distinguishing between the river and the country for Anglophones. Francophones don’t really have that problem because the French language is contextually clearer than English.

 

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