A big country in the Sahel Region of Africa. Guerewol Courtship ritual competition held by men. Tuaregs or Blue People, Camels through Downtown Niamey. At the bottom of the Human Development Index. One of the poorest countries on the planet. Niamey one of the hottest major cities on the planet. Official language is French. Area is over 80% larger than Texas. Somewhat larger than Florida in Population but less than Texas. 99.3% Islam but officially a secular state as mandated in the Niger Constitution.