List of Famous people born in Niger
Ouwo Moussa Maâzou commonly known as Moussa Maâzou, is a Nigerien professional who plays as a striker, who plays for Jeunesse Esch.
Lucien Bouchardeau was a Nigerien football referee. Born in Niamey, he is best remembered for having officiated in 1998 a World Cup first round match between Italy and Chile. He called a penalty against Chile in the 85th minute, which allowed Italy the chance to tie the match 2-2. Following the game he talked to the press about his fear he would be sacked from the tournament, which would mark the end of his career. He also officiated matches at the 1996 Olympics, 1997 Confederations Cup and the 1998 and 1996 African Cup of Nations. He died on 20 February 2018 at the age of 56 from heart failure.
Aminatou Seyni is a Nigerien track and field sprinter.
Zalika Souley was a Nigerien actress, the first sub-Saharan movie actress, and one of the pioneering actresses of African cinema.
Amadou Boubacar Cissé is a Nigerien politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Niger on two occasions, from 8 to 21 February 1995 and again from 21 December 1996 to 27 November 1997. He has led a political party, the Union for Democracy and the Republic (UDR-Tabbat), since 1999, and he was appointed as Minister of State for Planning in 2011.
Oumarou Ganda was a Nigerien director and actor who helped bring African cinema to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s.
Moustapha Abdoulaye Hima is a Nigerien boxer. He competed for Niger in the 2012 Summer Olympics as a welterweight. Abdoulaye Hima was Niger's flag bearer in the opening ceremony. On 29 July Abdoulaye Hima lost a 6-13 points decision in the Round of 32 to Cameron Hammond of Australia.
Aminatou Maïga Touré
Aminatou Djibrilla Maiga Touré is a Nigerien diplomat. She was Niger's Ambassador to the United States from 2006 to 2010 and has served in the transitional government as Minister of Foreign Affairs since March 2010.
Djibo Bakary was a socialist politician and important figure in the independence movement of Niger. Bakary was the first Nigerien to hold local executive power since the beginning of French colonialism. From 20 May 1957 to 14 December 1958, Bakary held the position of Vice President of the Council of Government and from 26 July 1958 to 10 October 1958, Bakary was the President of the Government Council of Niger. He was replaced by his cousin Diori Hamani, who eventually led Niger to independence in 1960.