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Introducing Maradi

Maradi, Niger’s third-largest city, remains the administrative capital and commercial centre for agriculture. The proximity to Nigeria means staunchly conservative Islam reigns. Although not the most engaging place, it warrants a day stop.

As you might imagine, sinking into Maradi’s Grande Marché (BRJ Rue 1; sunrise to sunset) on market days (Monday and Friday) is a pleasurable assault on the senses. Vending of an entirely different variety goes on at the Centre Artisanal de Maradi (41 01 02; BRJ Rue 1; 8am-10pm), 2km north of town. It’s worth a stop – wander the workshops, witness the workmanship and wonder where to start the negotiations.