We’re not speaking of Nigerians but Nigériens. Not much is known about the Niger Republic in London; let alone the UK and dare stay throughout non-French speaking Europe. There’s an argument to suggest why on earth is this article being written; but life it’s not just about serving ‘majorities’ but ‘minorities’. Niger is a county close to my heart, I have extended family, made some great friends the some whilst based in Belgium (there is a large community there) and have good ties with the country.
#Nigéria ==> #nigérian ==> Nigerian (English way of spelling Nigerian)
#Niger ===> #nigérien ==> Nigerien (English way of spelling Nigérien)
The quote above represents some of the typical responses from Africa’s francophone communities (living in France and Belgium) towards those that still do not understand the difference between Niger and Nigeria. At the world cup two years ago when France beat Nigeria, it was a common sight to see people on social media congratulate Nigeria and Nigériens alike – only to find that Nigérien refers to the people of Niger or Niger and not the people of Nigeria which in french is Nigérian.
Nigériens à Londres: Nigerien Community in London
A Few UK Based Nigerien Bodies:
1) GRENASAD (Nigerien Students Group in England for the Protection of Democratic Achievements)
Vive le Niger | Vive la Démocratie
Pour le GRENASAD ( Groupe d’Etudiants Nigériens en Angleterre pour la Sauvegarde des Acquis Démocratiques )
signés le 16 Septembre 2009 à Londres (Angleterre )
Le Coordinateur Provisoire . Sidikou Bourahima Gade
Le Rapporteur Principal . Bachir Abdou
Le Rapporteur Adjoint. Hassane Hamadou
Le Facilitateur. Adamou Abdoulaye Djibo
Tel : 00(44) 755271537
Email a : firstname.lastname@example.org