Family in Niger
“The thing they value the most is family. They value family a lot, and that’s the reason why when they greet you they expect for you to tell them about yourself, not just you as a person, or not just you and your nuclear family, but you and your extended family. ‘[Are] your mom and dad still alive? Where do they live? Do they live in the big city? Do you have siblings? Do you have brothers and sisters?’ They expect you to be [on] terms with your siblings. They expect you to have news of your siblings every single day. That way when they greet you they will ask you ‘How are you doing? How is your wife doing? How are your children? Have you talked to your mom? How is your mom doing? What about your dad? Is he back home yet? You mentioned last week that he was going on a trip. How is his trip going? Are they planning on coming down to visit you guys here?’ They value family a lot. Money, they don’t care about money. They care about [relationships]. They care about family.”
In this video, a Nigerien expert discusses family in Niger.