Niger's nomads gather for beauty contest

For one week every year, a small village in northern Niger plays host to a gathering of nomadic farmers from across the region.

Thousands of herders set up camp to mark the end of the rainy season in what is known as the Salt Cure Festival.

It is a key national event to celebrate the Tuareg and Fulani cultures, and it includes a famous male beauty contest - called Gerewol - of the Woodabe subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group.

BBC Africa's Laeila Adjovi went to the village of Ingall and sent this report.

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