André Salifoua was born in Zinder, in 19042. He worked for the Agency of Cultural and Technical Cooperation (Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique), UNESCO, and the Common African and Mauritian Organization. He then became a Professor of History at the University of Niamey until 1991. When the military regime of Ali Saibou was pressurised into returning to civil rule, Salifou was appointed President of the Presidium of the National Conference which brought about a transitional government and then democratic elections. He was then elected President of the High Council of the Republic, which was responsible for legislation in the transitional period.
He and the Interior Minister were kidnapped by soldiers demanding back pay but were soon released. He then became a candidate for his party, the Union of Democratic and Progressive Patriots in Zinder and was elected to the National Assembly as leader of his party, though they were in opposition.
When Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara seized power in a military coup in 1996, he became Minister of State in charge of Higher Education and Research and then Minister of State in charge of Foreign Relations and , finally, Minister of State in charge of Relations with the Assemblies. After the assassination of Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara and the return to democracy he was a candidate for the presidency but only came sixth but became Special Representative to La Francophonie. He later became Special Adviser to President Mahamadou Issoufou. He was later appointed a special ambassador. In addition to his political activities he has written numerous books, including novels, plays and books on history and politics.
1973 Tanimoune. Drame historique en sept actes (drama)
1974 Kaoucen ou la révolte sénoussiste (history)
1979 Mères et enfants de l’Afrique d’autrefois (history)
1985 Le fils de Sogolon (drama)
1985 Si les cavaliers avaient été là (drama)
1987 L’Europe et l’Afrique du XVe siècle aux indépendances (history)
1987 L’UNICEF au Niger (politics)
1988 Ousmane Dan Fodio, serviteur d’Allah (drama)
1989 Histoire du Niger (history)
1993 La question touarègue au Niger (politics)
1996 Tels pères tels fils [Like Father, Like Son] (novel)
2000 La valse des vautours (novel)
2002 L’Empereur des menteurs et autres contes du pays haoussa (stories)
2003 Le Niger (history, politics)
2005 Entretiens avec mes enfants sur la démocratie en Afrique. Définition, fondements, institutions et fonctionnement (politics)
2006 L’esclavage et les traites négrières (history)
2010 Biographie politique de Diori Hamani, premier président de la république du Niger (biography)