In the first page of the introduction, the author outlines some of the experiences and sensations that those new to West Africa should expect. While he describes the region in romantic terms, calling it 'the most mysterious part of that very mysterious continent', he also writes of how 'insects, malaria and memoranda from headquarters...give one but little peace during life.'
About The Niger and the West Sudan
'The Niger and the West Sudan, or the West African's Note Book' was first published in 1910. It aimed to provide those new to West Africa with 'hints and suggestions as to what is required by Britons' in the region. The book includes historical and anthropological notes, information on living conditions, and Hausa phrases used in everyday conversation.