About Segou, Mali
Ségou is a town in south central Mali. The town lies at about 235 kilometres northeast of Bamako on the River Niger. Segou town is bordered to the east by the commune of Pelengana, to the west by the commune of Sébougou and to the south by the commune of Sakoïba.
Segou serves as the capital of the Ségou Cercle and the Ségou Region. It is the fifth largest town in Mali and is divided into 15 quarters. Segou town is a historical city in central mali, situated in the Segou Cercle of the Segou Region. The city extends along the right bank of the Niger River, and it is also the capital city of the Segou Region. It is an agricultural city, the third largest in Mali. The city plays host to the very popular annual festival, sur le Niger, which is a national arts festival. It serves as the headquarters of the Office du Niger. In close proximity to Segou city is Massala, which is about a 39minutes drive.
Economic activities in Segou
The most important economic activities in Segou include fishing, cattle herding and small scale farming. The main crop cultivated are millet and rice. Sorghum and black-eyed peas are also grown. The headquarters of the Office du Niger is based in the town. The Office du Niger, a semi-autonomous government agency that administers a large irrigation scheme in the Ségou Region to the north of the Niger River is located in the town. Two factories processing cotton namely; Compagnie Malienne des Textiles (COMATEX) and Compagnie malienne pour le développement du textile (CMDT) are also located in Segou town.
Attractions in Segou town
The buildings in Segou town are of two architectural styles; the French Colonial and traditional Sudanese. The Sudanese style influences public building and important residences. Several monuments and great mosques are also built according to this style. Imposing palaces built by many of Sudano-Sahelian's kings who ruled the cities can be seen standing out in red clay.
Ségou’s cultural heritage includes traditional musical instruments, folkloric groups, griots and the traditional masks and marionettes. The most famous Ségou handcrafts are based on pottery, painting and sculpture, weaving and manufacturing of Bogolan.
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