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Gerewol Festival

Listed under Festivals in Niger.

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The annual beauty pageant of the Wodaabe tribe, West African nomads from Niger, which revolves around dance contests to identify the most attractive young men of the tribe. Every September the tribe, along with Toureg spectators, gather in the town in Ingall in Niger to celebrate their beauty. Women do the judging, and reward the winners with a night of love. A quite amazing spectacle for the few visitors who manage to witness it each year.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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Are there any tours that are going to the Gerewol festival at this time? Is Agadez safe to fly into?

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There are several operators who run tours to the Gerewol Festival annually - where are you travelling from? The best thing is to get in touch with a good operator in your home country and they'll have more detailed information on the festival 2010.

Makes a change for those of us who appreciate the beauty of the African countenance and physique. Lucky women doing the judging!

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