Argungu Festival in Nigeria 2019

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Widely known for its spectacular fishing festival, Argungu is a city in Kebbi State in North-west Nigeria. Argungu offers visitors the best of hospitality, cuisine and fun. The thriving city has an estimated population of 47,064 as at 2007. Largely agrarian, Argungu is a perfect place to getaway or escape the buzz of the city.

Argungu festival held annually in Argungu town marks the end of the growing season and the harvest. A mile (1.6 kilometer) stretch of the Argungu River is protected throughout the year, so that the fishes in water can be bountiful enough for the fishing competition.

Things You Need To Know About Argungu Festival

1. Argungu Fishing Festival is a major festival celebrated every year to mark the end of the wars between the Sokoto caliphate region and the Kebbi kingdom in the northern part of Nigeria.
2. Argungun festival is one of the most popular festivals in Nigeria. The festival attracts tourists from all over the world.
3. The festival was established in the year 1934 in Argungu, Kebbi State.
4. It is an annual 4 day event in Kebbi State, Nigeria.
5. It is often celebrated in the month of February after the end of all farming activities.
6. Argungu Festival was initially set up in the form of religious rites as a communal affair but over the years the festival has enjoyed various modifications.
7. Over 30,000 fishermen take part in the annual Argungu fishing festival.
8. The major attraction at the festival is the famous fishing contest in river Mata Fada. There fishing nets and traditional gourds made with calabashes are been used for the contest.
9. The fisherman who catches the biggest fish wins a prize of $7500.
10. In the year 2005 the winner caught a fish weighing 75kg, that is the biggest fish that have been caught in the festival till date.
11. The fishing festival has become an international event in which people from Africa, Europe, America and other continents would converge in the ancient town of Argungu to witness the festival every year.
12. The festival was taken over by the Kebbi State Government because of its growing popularity and economic potentials.
13. Gen. Yakubu Gowon together with Alh. Diori Hammani of Niger Republic were the first head of states to attend the Argungu festival in the 1970.
14. Since then the festival has been visited by all presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The festival also attracts governors from different states in the country most especially the northern states governors.

15. Other activities enjoyed after the main fishing competion include wild duck hunting, swimming, canoe racing, barehanded fishing, diving competitions. Then participants can sing, drink and dance into the night.

Things to do in Argungu Town

  • Attend the Argungu fishing festival

There is no other fishing festival as popular as the Argungu International fishing festival in Nigeria. It is a festival that attracts visitors from far and wide and it is one of the most anticipated festivals in Nigeria. The yearly festival is a four-day cultural event that comes to a peak with the fishing festival in Matan Fada River. Fishermen from the nooks and crannies of Kebbi make feisty attempts and efforts to catch the biggest fish. The man who catches the biggest fish is handsomely rewarded. The annual event apart from the fishing festival also features musical, cultural and sports events.

  • Check out Kanta Museum

The Kanta Museum is situated nigh to the central market. The museum was formerly the Emir’s palace between 1831 and 1942 before it was converted to a museum in 1958. The museum is an impeccable place to learn and fathom the history of the people of Argungu-their culture, values, arts and crafts. The museum was built in 1831 and is popularly called “the charm of Argungu”.

  • Visit the Palace of the Emir of Argungu

Besides the museum, another place you can experience the heritage of Argungu is the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samalia Mohammed Mera. At the palace, you will find artefacts, arts, traditional swords and regalia among other things.

Hotels in Argungu

Argungu is a tourist hub that attracts visitors from all over the world. Therefore, it follows that such a city will host hotels that are suitable for everyone. Jumia Travel has many of these hotels on its portal which you can book. Among some of these hotels are Madonna Guest Inn, Asmara Lodge, Peace exclusive suite, Kebbi Guest Inn and Nakowa Guest Inn and Suites.

Restaurants in Argungu

The people of Argungu have a stunning blend of rich and delectable cuisine. Where can you eat these mouthwatering foods? Some fantastic places to eat in Argungu are Tahir restaurant, Happiness Restaurant, Blossom Restaurant and Catering services and Echo Fresh and Restaurant.

Shopping in Argungu

Gwandu Supermarket, Fantastic Bookshop, Alubarika Supermarket and Mr. Jones Nene Enterprise are amongst the spots you can shop for groceries and other consumables.

Fun Fact

Argungu is the city that hosts the biggest and most popular fishing festival, tagged the Argungu International Fishing festival in Nigeria.

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