Argungu Fishing Festival
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 $2,713.00 USD per person based on a minimum of four persons. Four (4) Nights – Five (5) days at the Grand Fishing Hotel (Bed & Breakfast): The trip to Birnin Kebbi can be an arduous one - airports, crowds, lines, luggage, and sometimes long adventurous road trip. But once you arrive, your guide will meet and accompany you to the hotel.

The Argungu Fishing Festival is an annual four day festival in north-western Nigerian state of Kebbi. The 2008 Argungu Fishing Festival is planned for March 12-15. The festival began in the year 1934, as a mark of the end of the centuries old hostility between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom. The two empires had fought for centuries, and hostilities only ceased with the arrival of the British. In 2005, the winning fish weighed 75kg, and needed four men to hoist it onto the scales. In 2006 the festival banned fishing due to safely concerns relating to the low water levels.

Competition

On the final day of the festival, a competition is held in which thousands of men and women line up along the river and at the sound of a gun shot, all of them jump into the river and have an hour to catch the largest fish. The winner can take home as much as 7,500 US dollars. Competitors are only allowed to use traditional fishing tools and many prefer to catch fish entirely by hand (a practice also popular elsewhere and known as “noodling” in the United States) to demonstrate their prowess. The event usually happens in March. The competition is usually the culmination of a four-day cultural event and a motor rally, musicals and cultural dances are still taking during the occasion.


Culture and the Arts:

Diversity is also reflect ed in the works of art and crafts, as well as culture. Famous among the works of art and crafts are gold smiting, weaving, carving, sculpturing and knitting. Through these, various items such as domestic utensils, agricultural tools, body adornments, decorative materials and fishing equipment are produced for local and commercial consumption.
 
     
 

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