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Travel magazines call the Republic of Niger "one of the must-see places in life."
The landlocked nation in West Africa has received global attention for her spectacular views, mysterious and indigenous culture and art, and passionate people.
Let's take a close look at this 6000-year-old civilization on the African continent.
Vibrant drums and stomping dances raised the curtain of Niger national pavilion day at the World Expo in Shanghai on Tuesday. Its music is developed from the traditions of a mix of ethnic groups. This style of repeating, hypnotic and percussive choral traditions have flourished in the international music scene since the end of the 1980s.
Visitors to the pavilion learn about its theme: "Control of Urban Expansion and Promotion of Urban Development." The process of urbanization has been transforming the ancient country into a modern one. In Niger, cities are not only the driving force of development, but constitute an indispensable factor in the battle against poverty. The Niger Pavilion displays the nation's ideas about urban development through three parts: Urban Policy, Urban Economy, and Urban Formation.
The country is named after the Niger River. While over 80 percent of its land area has been subsumed into the inhospitable Sahara desert in the last two thousand years, five-thousand years ago the north of the country was fertile grasslands. Populations of pastoral tribes left paintings of abundant wildlife, domesticated animals, chariots, and a complex culture that dates back to at least 10 thousand BCE.
Niger gained full independence on August 3rd, 1960. Tuesday marks the Republic's 50th birthday.