Several miles north of Niamey lies the small river village of Boubon. The village is a transit point for goods crossing the Niger River, and also hosts a popular weekly market. The village is well known for the high-quality local pottery its artisans churn out, and for its knowledgeable pirogue guides who charter trips from Boubon to Niamey.
I had a chance to visit the village and meet some locals, as well as cruise down the Niger in a pirogue looking for hippos that inhabit the surrounding waterways. Hopefully, the following video and photos help convey a sense of the vibrancy that I experienced during my visit to Boubon.
Women fry and package millet flour dumplings in Bouban’s central market.
The central market is the economic and social center of the small river village.
A man ferries passengers and their cargo across the Niger river in a pirogue.
A hippopotamus peeks its head out of the water to survey its surroundings in the Niger River near Bouban.
Merchants stack gourds awaiting pirogue transport across the Niger River along the shoreline.
A rusted metal sign welcomes visitors to Bouban outside the central market.
Ornately decorated pottery for sale in Boubon’s central market.
Fire pits atop large earthen mounds are used for cooking meat on the outskirt of Boubon’s central market.
A man watches over a paddock holding donkeys and carts inside the village.
Check out more high-resolution shots from my trip in my album on Flickr.