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Republic of Niger Africa Niamey 17,466,172 inhabitants 1,267,000 sq km 13.79 inhabitants/sq km Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) population evolution

Famous people from Niger

Here is a list of famous people from Niger. Curious if anybody from Niger made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Bombino

Blues Artist

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek. Bombino is the subject of the documentary film Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion.

Ismaël Lô

African popular Artist

Ismaël Lô is a Senegalese musician. He was born in Dogondoutchi, Niger on 30 August 1956, to a Senegalese father and a Nigerien mother. Shortly after Lo's birth the family returned to Senegal where they settled in the town of Rufisque, near the capital Dakar. He plays guitar and harmonica. In the 1970s, Lo studied at the School of Art in Dakar. He later joined the popular group Super Diamono, but left in 1984 to start a solo career. Over the next four years Lo recorded five popular solo albums. In 1990, Lo signed a recording deal with Barclay and recorded in France his sixth solo album, Ismael Lo. Thanks to the success of the single "Tajabone" the album became a hit in the European charts. The album launched Lo’s international career. Iso was recorded and released in 1994, and also became a success. The album contains soft guitar melodies and traditional Senegalese mbalax. The following year Lo toured in Africa. The compilation album Jammu Africa was released in 1996. The song "Without Blame" is a duet with Marianne Faithfull. Lo's song "Tajabone" was featured in Pedro Almodóvar's film All About My Mother. In 2002, he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor. His latest album Sénégal was recorded in Dakar, Paris and London. Lo says of it, "Giving this album the title Sénégal was my way of paying tribute to my own country, in recognition of all its gifts to me".

Mamadou Tandja

Politician

Lieutenant Colonel Mamadou Tandja is a Nigerien politician who was President of Niger from 1999 to 2010. He was President of the National Movement of the Development Society from 1991 to 1999 and unsuccessfully ran as the MNSD's presidential candidate in 1993 and 1996 before being elected to his first term in 1999. While serving as President of Niger, he was also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States from 2005 to 2007. Tandja is of mixed Fula and Kanuri ancestry. He was the first President of Niger who is not ethnically Hausa or Djerma. Following a constitutional crisis in 2009, which was caused by Tandja's efforts to remain in office beyond the originally scheduled end of his term, he was ousted by the military in a coup d'etat in February 2010.

Moussa Maâzou

Soccer

Ouwo Moussa Maâzou commonly known as Moussa Maâzou, is a Nigerien professional footballer who plays as a striker for Vitória de Guimarães.

Mahamadou Issoufou

Politician

Mahamadou Issoufou is a Nigerien politician who has been President of Niger since 7 April 2011. Issoufou was Prime Minister of Niger from 1993 to 1994, President of the National Assembly from 1995 to 1996, and he has been a candidate in each presidential election since 1993. He led the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, a social democratic party, from its foundation in 1990 until his election as President of Niger in 2011. During the Presidency of Mamadou Tandja, Issoufou was the main opposition leader.

Salou Djibo

Politician

Lieutenant General Salou Djibo is a Nigerien military officer. Following the military coup of 18 February 2010, he became head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and thus de facto leader of Niger.

Hamani Diori

Politician

Hamani Diori was the first President of the Republic of Niger. He was appointed to that office in 1960, when Niger gained independence.

Seyni Kountché

Politician

Seyni Kountché was a Nigerien military officer who led a 1974 coup d'état that deposed the government of Niger's first president, Hamani Diori. He ruled the country as military head of state from 1974 to 1987. Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niger's national stadium in Niamey, is named after him.

Moussa Narry

Soccer Midfielder

Moussa Narry is a Ghanaian-Nigerien football midfielder who currently plays for Al Sharjah SC.

Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara

Politician

Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara was a military officer in the West African country of Niger who seized power in a January 1996 coup d'état and ruled the country until his assassination during the military coup of April 1999. Maïnassara, a member of Niger's Hausa ethnic majority, was born in Dogondutchi in 1949, and pursued a military career. Maïnassara was named Army Chief of Staff in March 1995, under a constitution which had moved Niger from military rule in 1991.

Mahamane Ousmane

Politician

Mahamane Ousmane is a Nigerien politician. He was the first democratically elected and fourth President of Niger, serving from 16 April 1993 until his ouster in a military coup d'état on 27 January 1996. He has continued to run for President in each election since his ouster, and he was President of the National Assembly from December 1999 to May 2009. He is the President of the Democratic and Social Convention-Rahama, a major political party that is currently in opposition.

Seyni Oumarou

Politician

Seyni Oumarou is a Nigerien politician who was Prime Minister of Niger from June 2007 to September 2009 and President of the National Assembly of Niger from November 2009 to February 2010. He is from the west of the country and is a member of the Djerma ethnic group. Since November 2008, he has been the President of the National Movement for the Development of Society.

Lassina Abdoul Karim

Soccer Midfielder

Lassina Abdoul Karim Konaté is a professional Nigerien footballer currently playing for FC Metz in the French Ligue 2.

Kader Amadou

Footballer

Kader Amadou Dodo is a Nigerien football player, who currently plays for Olympic F.C.

Kamilou Daouda

Footballer

Kamilou Daouda is a Nigerien footballer. He currently plays as a striker for Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 side JS Saoura.

Oumarou Ganda

Film Director

Oumarou Ganda was a Nigerien director and actor who brought African cinema to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kassaly Daouda

Soccer Goalkeeper

Kassaly Daouda is a Nigerien footballer who is a goalkeeper for South African club Chippa United.

Mahamadou Danda

Politician

Mahamadou Danda is a Nigerien political figure who was appointed as Prime Minister of Niger by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy on 23 February 2010 and left office on 7 April 2011.

Aïchatou Mindaoudou

Politician

Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane is a Nigerien diplomat and politician who has been the United Nations' Special Representative for Côte d'Ivoire and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire since 2013. Previously she was Deputy Joint Special Representative in the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur from 2011 to 2013. A member of the MNSD-Nassara political party, Mindaoudou served in the government of Niger as Minister of Social Development from 1995 to 1996; subsequently she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2001 to 2010.

Ali Saibou

Politician

Ali Saibou was the third President of Niger from 1987 to 1993 succeeding the deceased Seyni Kountché. A member of the Djerma people, he was born in Dingajibanda, a village in the Ouallam arrondissement. Although from Kountché's home village, Saibou is not a cousin. He became interested in a military career early on, and attended the Saint-Louis preparatory school in Senegal from 1954, then joined the First Senegalese Tirailleurs Regiment. He saw action in Cameroon in 1960, and was wounded there. Upon Niger's independence in 1960, Saibou was transferred to the new Niger Army as a sergeant. He attended officers' school, and in 1969 was put in command of a unit at N'Guigmi. After moving to a new unit in Agadez in 1973, he attained the rank of captain. Saibou threw in his lot with Kountché in the coup of April 1974, and brought his troops from Agadez to Niamey. As a reward he was promoted to major, appointed to the cabinet as minister of rural economy and the environment, and on 20 November 1974, made chief of staff. However, Kountché was suspicious of Saibou. In June 1975, he dismissed Saibou from the cabinet and asked him to relinquish his command of the armed forces. Saibou countered by asking to be retired from the service altogether, an act which apparently allayed Kountché's fears. Saibou remained loyal until Kountché's death, which occurred on 10 November 1987.

Olivier Bonnes

Soccer Midfielder

Olivier Harouna Bonnes is a Nigerien international footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Belgian Second Division side FC Brussels.

Daouda Malam Wanké

Politician

Daouda Malam Wanké was a military and political leader in Niger. He was a member of Hausa ethnic group. Wanké's year of birth is disputed. Many sources claim it is 1954 while others 1946.

Bachard Mohamed

Footballer

Mohamed Bachar is a Nigerien international football player. He made his debut versus Gabon in June 2012. He also participated in the CAF Under 17 Championship in 2009.

Brigi Rafini

Politician

Brigi Rafini is a Nigerien politician who has been Prime Minister of Niger since 2011. A native of Iférouane in Agadez Region and an ethnic Tuareg, Rafini was Minister of Agriculture in the late 1980s and Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of Niger from 2004 to 2009. He was appointed as Prime Minister after Mahamadou Issoufou took office as President on 7 April 2011.

Moustapha Alassane

Film Director

Moustapha Alassane is a Nigerien filmmaker.

Issoufou Boubacar Garba

Soccer Midfielder

Issoufou Boubacar Garba is a Nigerien footballer who plays for Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 side ES Hammam-Sousse as a midfielder. He plays national football for his country.

Moussa Yahaya

Football player

Moussa Yahaya is a Nigerien retired footballer who played as a striker.

Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki

Politician

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, born in September 1951, 24, is the Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD. He was Minister and Prime Minister of the Government of Niger. He has worked for several international organisations.

Zakari Lambo

Soccer Forward

Zakari Lambo is a former Nigerien footballer, who played as a striker. He played most of his professional career in Poland and Belgium, appearing for ten different clubs.

Christian Loamanu

Athlete

Christian Loamanu is a Japanese rugby union player who plays at wing but can also play centre, fullback, number 8. He plays in the Celtic League for Benetton Treviso. Loamanu left his native Tonga at the age of 15 to move to Japan on a scholarship. He made his debut for the Japan national rugby union team against Uruguay in April 2005 aged 18 years and 338 days old and became the youngest player of all time to play for Japan. A few days after his second cap against Hong Kong, Loamanu was banned for a year from the Japan team after getting embroiled in a fight involving female professional wrestler Mika Akino in Tokyo's Roppongi nightspot district. He was recalled in 2007 and scored a hat trick on his return to the side against Korea and he played at the Rugby World Cup later that year. He joined Toshiba Brave Lupus in 2008 and won the Top League with them, but in February 2009 Loamanu tested positive for marijuana and was banned for life from playing rugby in Japan by the JRFU whilst his club Toshiba Brave Lupus withdrew from the All Japan Championship after the incident. In 2011 Japan coach John Kirwan appealed for the ban to be withdrawn before the Rugby World Cup but the request was turned down by the JRFU who said Loamanu "was not suitable to represent Japan".

Alhassane Issoufou

Footballer

Alhassane Dante Issoufou is a Nigerien footballer who is a striker and currently plays for Moroccan club Widad Fez.

Hamadou Djibo Issaka

Rower

Hamadou Djibo Issaka is a rower.

Boubacar Talatou

Soccer Midfielder

Boubacar Talatou is a Nigerien footballer. He plays as a midfielder for South African side Thanda Royal Zulu.

Damouré Zika

Actor

Damouré Zika was a Nigerien traditional healer, broadcaster, and film actor. Coming from a long line of traditional healers in the Sorko ethnic group of western Niger, Zika appeared in many of the films of French director Jean Rouch, becoming one of Niger's first actors. As a practitioner of traditional medicine, he opened a clinic in Niamey, and was for many years a broadcaster and commentator on health issues for Niger's national radio.

Djibril Moussa Souna

Soccer Defender

Djibril Moussa Souna is a Nigerien footballer. He currently plays as a defender for Nigerien side AS GNN. He is a member of Niger national football team, called at 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Amadou Cissé

Politician

Amadou Boubacar Cissé is a Nigerien politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Niger on two occasions, from 8 to 21 February 1995 and again from 21 December 1996 to 27 November 1997. He has led a political party, the Union for Democracy and the Republic, since 1999, and he has served in the government as Minister of State for Planning since 2011.

Mohamed Soumaïla

Soccer Defender

Mohamed Soumaïla is Nigerien footballer. He plays for Olympic Nimaey as a left back. He was called up to the Niger national football team, that played at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Yacouba Ali

Soccer Midfielder

Seydou Ali Yacouba is a Nigerien football player who plays for USM Alger and the Niger national football team.

Amadou Moutari

Soccer Midfielder

Tidjani Amadou Moutari Kalala is a Nigerien international footballer who plays for French club Le Mans B, as a midfielder.

Seidou Idrissa

Soccer Midfielder

Saïdou Idrissa, is a Nigerien footballer, who currently plays for Chippa United F.C. of the South African ABSA Premiership.

Boubou Hama

Poet

Boubou Hama was a Nigerien author, historian, and politician. He was President of the National Assembly of Niger under President of Niger, Hamani Diori.

Abdoulaye Mamani

Author

Abdoulaye Mamani was a Nigerien poet, novelist and trade unionist.

Issiakou Koudize

Soccer Midfielder

Issiaka Koudize is Nigerien footballer, who playing for the Cameroonian club Coton Sport in the Elite One. He was called to Niger national football team, played all 3 matches for national team as a reserve player.

Hamid Algabid

Politician

Hamid Algabid is a Nigerien politician and the President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress party. A lawyer, banker, and technocrat, Algabid was an important figure in the regime of Seyni Kountché, serving as Prime Minister of Niger from 1983 to 1988. He was Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference from 1989 to 1996, and since 1997 he has been President of the RDP-Jama'a. He was also President of the High Council of Territorial Collectivities until 2010.

Amadou Cheiffou

Politician

Amadou Cheiffou is a Nigerien politician who was Prime Minister of Niger from 26 October 1991 to 17 April 1993, heading a transitional government. He has led the Social Democratic Rally, a political party, since founding it in January 2004. Cheiffou was President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Niger from January 2006 to February 2010, and he has been Ombudsman since August 2011.

Rabo Saminou

Footballer

Rabo Kabara Saminou Gado is a Nigerien footballer who for FUS Rabat. He is also the member of Niger national team.

Ismaël Alassane

Footballer

Ismaël Eragae Alassane is a Nigerien footballer, who is currently playing for Al Shabab in Kuwaiti Division One. He plays on position of central back.

Boukary Adji

Politician

Boukary Adji is a Nigerien politician. He served as Niger's Prime Minister from 30 January 1996 to 21 December 1996. Adji was born in Tanout in Zinder Department. He studied in Poland on a scholarship he received in 1963, then at the University of Abidjan and at the Center for Financial and Banking Studies in Paris. He was appointed as Director in the Ministry of Planning in the early 1970s and became the Director of the Central Bank of West African States for Niger. In the government named on 14 November 1983, he was appointed Minister of Finance, in which position he remained until after the 1987 death of Seyni Kountché. Later he served as Vice-Governor of the BCEAO. He was named Prime Minister after Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara seized power in a January 1996 military coup.

Issa Modibo Sidibé

Soccer

Issa Modibo Sidibé is a Nigerien footballer. He plays for Dnepr Mogilev as a striker. He is also a member of the Niger national football team.

Pascal Anicet

Soccer Midfielder

Pascal Anicet is a Nigerian football midfielder who plays for AS-FNIS in the Niger Premier League and formerly for Alkali Nassara Zinder. He is a member of the Niger national football team, he was member with the team by Tournoi de l'UEMOA 2007.

Georges Chamchoum

Film Director

Georges Chamchoum is a film director and producer.

Idrissa Laouali

Footballer

Idrissa Laouali is a Nigerien football midfielder who plays for ASFA Yennenga in the Burkinabé Premier League. His nickname is Pele.

Siradji Sani

Football player

Siradji Sani is a Nigerien football striker who currently plays for MFK Dolný Kubín.

Abraham Amkpa

Actor

Abraham Amkpa is an actor.

Kourouma Fatoukouma

Soccer Defender

Kourouma Fatoukouma is an Nigerien professional footballer who plays as a defender for Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.

Ilguilas Weila

Man

Ilguilas Weila is an anti-slavery human rights activist in Niger. He is president of the anti-slavery organization Timidria. Ilguilas Weila and five other people were arrested on 28 April 2005 accused of trying to falsely elicit money, two billion CFA francs, from foreign donors. Four were released shortly afterwards but Weila and Alassane Biga were freed on bail by a Niger court on 17 June. He denies any wrongdoing. A demonstration was held on 19 May through the capital Niamey in protest at his arrest. The charges came after a ceremony, in March, to release 7,000 slaves in the northern part of Tillabéri Region was cancelled at the last minute by the government who maintains slavery does not exist. At least 43,000 people are thought to live in subjugation across Niger, which officially banned slavery in May 2004. The matter is liable to embarrass the Nigerien president Tandja Mamadou who currently heads the Economic Community of West African States. Much of Weila's work is devoted to informing people of their rights under the new law which are unknown in much of Niger owing to poverty, low literacy and the inaccessibility of many areas. Timidria gives literacy classes to freed slaves and also money so they can start a new life. It is these funds, provided partly by London-based Anti-Slavery International, that Weila is alleged to have stolen. Anti-Slavery International has written an open letter denying these claims. The organization has attempted to highlight Ilguilas Weila's work outside of Niger and he received their Anti-Slavery Award in November 2004.

Souleymane Dela Sacko

Soccer Midfielder

Souleymane Dela Sacko is a Nigerien football midfielder who plays for AS Mangasport in Gabon. He plays for Niger national football team. He was part of the team in World Cup qualifiers.

Nafissatou Moussa Adamou

Swimmer

Nafissatou Moussa Adamou is a Nigerien swimmer. She was born in Niamey, Niger's capital. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Adamou would not advance to the semifinals as the swimmer finished with a rank of 71.

Mohammed Muyei

Football player

Mohammed Muyei is a Nigerien footballer. He currently plays for New Edubiase United.

Hamidou Djibo

Soccer Defender

Hamidou Djibo is a Nigerien football striker. He currently plays for AS GNN in the Niger Premier League. Djibo was the member of the Niger national football team, and was part of the squad during the World Cup qualifiers.

Zakari Gourouza

Olympic athlete

Zakari Gourouza is an athlete.

Adamou Idé

Man

Adamou Idé is a Nigerien poet and novelist. A native speaker of the Zarma language, Idé left his home in Niamey to study public administration in France, receiving degrees from The Sorbonne and the Institut international d'administration publique in Paris, serving as an official in the Government of Niger and in international organizations. Idé published his first collection of poems, Cri Inachivé in 1984, and his first novel in 1987. He has published both in French and in Zarma. Idé won the first Nigerien National Poetry Prize in 1981 And the Grand Prix Littéraire Boubou Hama du Niger in 1996. He has served as a jury member for the Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire in 1991 and received the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite of Niger. He has served as the president of the "Societé des Gens du Lettres du Niger" and the 3rd African Forum of Documentary Film

Nafissa Souleymane

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Nafissa Souleymane is a Nigerien sprinter. She competed in the 100 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics; she ran the preliminaries in 12.81 seconds, which did not qualify her for Round 1.

Salifou Fatimata Bazeye

Woman

Salifou Fatimata Bazèye is a Nigerien jurist, former magistrate, head of the Supreme Court of Niger and from 2007 to 2009 President of the Constitutional Court of Niger. Her court's rulings on the constitutional revisions planned by then President of Niger Mamadou Tandja, led to her extra-constitutional dismissal and a heightening of the 2009–2010 Nigerien constitutional crisis. Following the 2010 Nigerien coup d'état, she was named head of the transitional Constitutional Court of Niger.

Rabiou Guero Gao

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Rabiou Guero Gao is a Nigerien middle distance runner. He competed in the 1500 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He failed to qualify for the semifinals after not finishing in the top 6 in his heat of round 1. After staying in contact with the lead pack through roughly 500 meters, he faded, but finished strong in 4:05.46, just behind Guinea's Mamadou Barry.

Noel Djondang

Football player

Noel Djondang is a professional footballer from Niger who currently plays for Cotonsport Garoua.

Oum Ramatou

Author

Oum Ramatou is a writer born in Niamey in 1970. She wrote Le Regard and Désiré. She also worked on a doctorate in medicine.

Karim Oumarou

Football player

Karim Oumarou is a Nigerien football player. He played for the Niger national football team during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, scoring an own goal against Benin. He is the current captain of Sahel SC who play in the Niger Premier League. He is known to be a versatile defender, being able to fill in at any position across the back 4, as well as being a useful winger.

Losseny Doumbia

Soccer Goalkeeper

Emaniel Djibril Dankawa

Football player

Emanuel Djibril Dankawa is a Nigerien football player. He plays for the Niger national football team. He can play all defensive and midfield positions. Dankawa played for the Niger side that finished runners-up in the 2009 UEMOA Tournament., making his FIFA competitive debut for Niger on 31 May 2008 against Uganda in Kampala.

Abdoulmoumouni Adamou

Soccer Midfielder

Abdoulmoumouni Adamo is a football player for the Niger National Football Team.

Amadou Sadou

Film Director

Amadou Sadou is a film director.