Nioro du Sahel
|Nioro du Sahel|
|Commune and town|
|Cercle||Nioro du Sahel Cercle|
|• Mayor||Abbas Sylla|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
Nioro du Sahel often referred to as simply Nioro is a town and urban commune in the Kayes Region of western Mali, 241 km from the city of Kayes. It is located 275 miles ( by road) north-west of the capital Bamako. The commune as of 1998 had a population of 60,112 although current estimates are nearer 69,100 people.
Founded in the 16th or seventeenth century by a slave named Diawandé, Nioro attained its greatest height in the eighteenth century when it served as the capital of the Bambara kingdom of Kaarta. The town became an important trading center between Upper Senegal and the Sudan.
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