The Original name of River Niger

The very day you want to know the true history of who you are or where you call your home, the earliest way to the answer is to ascertain the original name you were called or what your home was called before the involvement of Western knowledge. This question is necessary because, the White men intentionally changed it to favour them. That was what happened to the river now called Niger.

All why they did all these, the answer is bsimple: when you lose your original name to the Western names you lose at the same time your selfhood, your identity, your calture and history. See the picture below.


The name may come from Berber phrase ger-n-ger meaning "river of rivers". ... Medieval European maps applied the name Niger to the middle reaches of theriver, in modern Mali, but Quorra (Kworra) to the lower reaches in modern Nigeria, as these were not recognized at the time as being the same river.

Therefore, most people think the name is from the original people of the area in the middle of the river where early European maps used the name "Quorra". One possibility is the Tuareg phrase gher n gheren "river of rivers", shortened to ngher or "niger", from the middle of the river near Timbuktu.

The Igbo, for instance, call the Niger Oshimiri or Orimiri. This means great water that has the capacity to swallow other waters and give existence to none existing channels. These dual references to Oshimiri reveals its role as Great Water which serves as a source to other waters and a collection site for subsidiary waters whether in the forms of tributary or in confluence. According to the Igbo, Oshimiri does not have an end. 

It continues endlessly in the common role of supplying water everywhere it found land. Coming from the name in connection to its roles, Oshimiri is a word of two syllables Oshi/Ori and Miri. The first set of syllables is the border of the function of the Niger. It means stealing, at one side and provider on the other side. The first is concerned with its tributaries and confluence, while the second sees the river as she who leaks its content to others. 

By this view about the Niger, we can see it as Great Water through which other rivers had sourced their waters. The Igbo are not alone in this view. The research work carried out on rivers published in the Academic for Future Science  by Dr. Hurtak proves the Igbo correct about the Niger.

What Dr. Hurtak was looking at is the Niger. The Niger had remained as the confused river for the Radar River, maybe because it was found with the largest delta among the rivers on earth. This idea explains the earlier assertion better, that the Igbo make reference to the Niger as a Great water, mimicking the original state of the ancient water that was lost to the sand of history. The Great Water was Oshimiri (the Cook of waters, the Spiller of waters); the Niger was found in this light by the Igbo who used it in reference to the Radar Water. With this discovering we can determine the position of the four rivers connected to the Great Water of Eden.


Niger River remains the principal river of western Africa. It is the third longest river in Africa, after the Nile and the Congo. It does not matter most the name given to it by western culture. The ancient river of creation is known as Oshimiri. That was the river of old, even in the days when there was not ocean.  




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