Niger Express (3 of 4): Boubon

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.

Niger River Crossing
400mm @ 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 100

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.

Selling Dumplings in Bouban
28mm @ 1/200, f/6.3, ISO 100

The central market is the economic and social center of the small river village.

Bouban Market
24mm @ 1/250, f/7.1, ISO 100

A man ferries passengers and their cargo across the Niger river in a pirogue.

Niger Pirogue
280mm @ 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 100

A hippopotamus peeks its head out of the water to survey its surroundings in the Niger River near Bouban.

Hippo in the Niger River
400mm @ 1/320, f/6.3, ISO 100

Merchants stack gourds awaiting pirogue transport across the Niger River along the shoreline.

Gourds Awaiting Shipment
35mm @ 1/500, f/6.3, ISO 100

A rusted metal sign welcomes visitors to Bouban outside the central market.

Welcome to Bouban
38mm @ 1/320, f/7.1, ISO 100

Ornately decorated pottery for sale in Boubon’s central market.

Boubon Pottery
24mm @ 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 100

Fire pits atop large earthen mounds are used for cooking meat on the outskirt of Boubon’s central market.

Cooking Pits in Bouban
24mm @ 1/320, f/6.3, ISO 100

A man watches over a paddock holding donkeys and carts inside the village.

Donkey Cart Staging Area
24mm @ 1/400, f/7.1, ISO 100

Check out more high-resolution shots from my trip in my album on Flickr.

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