The Wogo people are a small subgroup of the broader Songhai people. They are found primarily in Niger and Mali on the banks and islands of the Niger river, a territory they share with the Zarma, the Kurtey and the Songhay. The main Wogo communities are found on the islands in the Tillabery region of Niger with the largest being Ayorou in Niger and Boura in Mali. They speak the Wogo Ciine songhay dialect.[1][2][3]

Economy and societyEdit

The Wogos are mainly farmers of rice and tobacco and to some extent millet, corn, fishing and rearing of cattle. The Niger River is their main source of living.[citation needed]


The Wogos are very closely related to the Songhai culturally. They almost speak the same language as them and are both Muslims, but the Wogos practice holy possession dances[specify] which the Songhays do not. They are also good craftsmen especially in weaving and basketry.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France, retrieved 2021-03-29
  2. ^ Southern Songhay Speech Varieties In Niger:A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Zarma, Songhay, Kurtey, Wogo, and Dendi Peoples of Niger (PDF), Byron & Annette Harrison and Michael J. Rueck Summer Institute of Linguistics B.P. 10151, Niamey, Niger Republic, 1997, retrieved 2021-02-23
  3. ^ Idrissa, Abdourahmane; Decalo, Samuel (2012), Historical Dictionary of Niger by Abdourahmane Idrissa, Samuel Decalo, p. 464, ISBN 9780810870901, retrieved 2021-03-17


  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Les Wogo du Niger, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire, Commissariat General Au Plan, IFAN-CNRS, 1966, 116 p.
  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Système des relations économiques et sociales chez les Wogo, Niger, Institut d'ethnologie, Paris, 1969, 234 p.

Further readingEdit

  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, La Bouche déliée : mariage Wogo, CNRS Audiovisuel, Meudon, 1970, 29 minutes.