Niger

The landlocked West African country has one of the world's largest uranium reserves and powers France's nuclear industry, but routinely ranks near the bottom of the U.N.'s Human Development Index. It has suffered from years of political instability — five constitutions and three periods of military rule since independence in 1958. It is now a frontier state in the battles against Boko Haram and other West African insurgencies. But it's a backbencher on education and population control, with among the world's highest rates of illiteracy and fertility.

Explore Location

Need to Know

Explore the world with OZY.COM

This year, OZY will be bringing you untold stories from every single country on the map, one day at a time, to introduce you to new people, new trends and new places. Travel with us for sights, sounds, and surprises from across our diverse world.

View Full Series