The River Niger_
With its origin the the Guinea Highlands of western Africa, the Niger flows northeast into the heart of the Saraha before turning south. Without it, Timbuktu would never have been a pivotal center of trade and learning. Sadly today, the Niger delta is a source of never-ending oil exploitation at the expense of an impoverished people. But this song speaks of hope; for the romance of the river runs deep among its various peoples.