95 Views

The Argungu festival in Sokoto, Nigeria

The Argungu festival which started as a symbol of peace between the former Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom to put an end to the hostility between the two kingdoms has over the years became the highly priced Festival in the Northern part of Nigeria. The visit of the Sultan was honoured with the great fishing festival which was organized swiftly. Hundreds of men and boys jumped into the waters to catch fish. The largest fish caught is then presented to the Sultan as a gesture symboling peace. This event ushers in the annual festival that spans through an exciting week full of memorable activities. The grand show is the Fishing competition which involves thousands of fishermen in a breath taking spectacle as they race to get the biggest catch inside the Matan Fada River.

The significance of the Fishing competition cannot be overemphasised In Argungu. With the use of traditional fishing tools only, the competitors bring the ancient feel and experience to the audiences and tourists who have travelled from far and wide to behold the festival. With a gunshot signalling the start of the fish tournament that only last for one hour, thousands of competitors jump into the river for the hunt of the biggest fish. To further add spice to the festival many competitors prefer to catch fish by bare hands, to demonstrate their prowess.

The traditional fishing tools are also utilised such as hand nets and calabash. Calabashes serve the dual purpose of enabling participants float on water and also store fish. The excitement at the festival is elevated by  drummers who move through the water on their canoes, beating drums and adding flavour to the festival. The river is small, but it is well stocked. This is achieved by enforcing a prohibition for anyone to fish after the festival till the following year. As the hunt for the big catch goes on, fishermen are also harvesting smaller fish, to be sold or consumed later.   The festival is also full of other activities that thrill the audience both on land and in the river. On land art and craft exhibitions, also music and traditional dancing also brings life and colour to the event and makes fun lovers have a filled day. Archery and wrestling are also part of the side attractions at the festival. Aside the traditional fishing, art exhibitions and dancing the festival is also full of other cultural activities like cycling, donkey and camel racing. Complimenting these activities are wild duck hunts, swimming and diving competitions and canoe races.

The fishing festival takes place to the beat of drummers who move through the surging water on their canoes At the end of the hour, the fish of thousands of competitors who had competed in the competition for the biggest fish are piled up at the foot of the weighing machine. The fisherman with the biggest fish is rewarded both materially and monetarily. Despite the monetary compensation attached to the event, the winner also attains a higher social status in the state. As tradition the largest fish is still presented to local rulers. Smaller rewards are awarded to the runners up but the biggest prize of all is the party that commences afterwards that carries on well into the morning hours to celebrate the winner of and grand finale. The festival significantly benefits the local economy. A noisy night market operates throughout the event which helps to boost the economy of both the natives and companies/traders who have come to sell their products to the tourists and visitors.   The annual Argungu fishing festival as over the years expanded, hence,there is no gainsaying that Argungu fishing festival is one of the best festivals in Nigeria.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

This Is The Number Of Nigerians That Ran Away To Europe By Sea In 2016 – According to Report
Holiday and Travels
36 views
Holiday and Travels
36 views

This Is The Number Of Nigerians That Ran Away To Europe By Sea In 2016 – According to Report

MT - October 20, 2017

The really large number of Nigerians that fled the nation for Europe by sea in 2016 has been revealed by Federal Government. According to a Punch Metro…

Why Muslims Should Pay Regular Visits To Cemeteries – Nigerian Cleric Admonishes
Religion
24 views
Religion
24 views

Why Muslims Should Pay Regular Visits To Cemeteries – Nigerian Cleric Admonishes

MT - October 20, 2017

A Nigerian cleric has explained why Muslim faithfuls should endevour to pay regular visits to the cemeteries wherever they are. Alhaji Salihu Ajetunmobi, a cleric, has advised…

Check Out The Photos Of Handsome, Stylish Nigerian Catholic Priest And Football Coach
Inspiring
23 views
Inspiring
23 views

Check Out The Photos Of Handsome, Stylish Nigerian Catholic Priest And Football Coach

MT - October 20, 2017

Revered Fr. Obinna Dike is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka Ibom. was ordained in 2001, he is a footballer, a referee, a coach, and…

See What House Of Reps Leader, Gbajamiala, Was Spotted Doing In Classroom In Lagos
Politics
29 views
Politics
29 views

See What House Of Reps Leader, Gbajamiala, Was Spotted Doing In Classroom In Lagos

MT - October 20, 2017

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, in Lagos took to teaching, taking Senior Secondary 3 students in some schools in his Surulere…

Nollywood Actress Chika Ike Pictured At Harvard University
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Nollywood Actress Chika Ike Pictured At Harvard University

MT - October 20, 2017

Actress Chika Ike Shares Picture From Harvard University, recall the actress had earlier shared the fact that she might undergoing a business course in the popular university.…

What We’ll Do Against Police Over Ozubulu Killings, Joy Odama’s Death – HURIWA
Politics
31 views
Politics
31 views

What We’ll Do Against Police Over Ozubulu Killings, Joy Odama’s Death – HURIWA

MT - October 20, 2017

A pro-democracy and Non-Governmental organization, the Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, has alleged that the police high command is in the process of sweeping under the carpet,…

Health-tips: These Are Five Warning Signs Your Appendix Is Not In Good Condition
Food and Health
27 views
Food and Health
27 views

Health-tips: These Are Five Warning Signs Your Appendix Is Not In Good Condition

MT - October 20, 2017

If you notice any of these symptoms you should see your doctor immediately. Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, which is a small pouch connected…

Dating? Tonto Dikeh Shares Sweat Message For Hushpuppi Again
Entertainment
27 views
Entertainment
27 views

Dating? Tonto Dikeh Shares Sweat Message For Hushpuppi Again

MT - October 20, 2017

Actress Tonto Dikeh got tongues wagging last week when she called Hushpuppi ‘Zaddy’ in her birthday post for him. Tonto Dikeh & Hushpuppi Well, to avoid that,…

Why I Refused To Pay Peter Obi – Gov. Obiano Finally Breaks Silence Over N7.5b Scandal
Politics
31 views
Politics
31 views

Why I Refused To Pay Peter Obi – Gov. Obiano Finally Breaks Silence Over N7.5b Scandal

MT - October 20, 2017

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has broken his silence on the controversial N7.5 billion allegedly demanded by his predecessor, Peter Obi, confirming same to be true, and…

Nigerian Senate to Rename 7 Colleges of Education
Politics
43 views
Politics
43 views

Nigerian Senate to Rename 7 Colleges of Education

PH - October 20, 2017

The Senate has commenced the process to rename seven colleges of education to align the location of the institutions affected by boundary adjustment as a result of…

Here Are The 10 Nigerian Artistes Nominated For The 2017 MOBO Awards   
Entertainment
44 views
Entertainment
44 views

Here Are The 10 Nigerian Artistes Nominated For The 2017 MOBO Awards  

MT - October 20, 2017

  These are the best of times for Nigerian artistes as many of them made the nominations list for the MOBO awards coming up soon. Here are…

7 Ex-BB Naija Contestants Who Have Remained In The Spotlight After The Show 
Entertainment
51 views
Entertainment
51 views

7 Ex-BB Naija Contestants Who Have Remained In The Spotlight After The Show 

MT - October 20, 2017

Nigeria's own reality TV show, Big Brother Naija which has over the years presented a platform to the contestants who participated in it, but while some have…

Photos: Nwankwo Kanu And Wife, Amara Are Serving Perfect Fitness Goals In These Powerful Photos
Romance and Love
45 views
Romance and Love
45 views

Photos: Nwankwo Kanu And Wife, Amara Are Serving Perfect Fitness Goals In These Powerful Photos

MT - October 20, 2017

  Amara Kanu, wife of Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu not too long ago launched a book on healthy living Inspired by her husband’s battle with a near…

Jude Okoye’s Sister-In-Law Calls Out Paul Okoye’s Wife And Guess How She Responded
Entertainment
54 views
Entertainment
54 views

Jude Okoye’s Sister-In-Law Calls Out Paul Okoye’s Wife And Guess How She Responded

MT - October 20, 2017

  Jude Okoye shared a lovely picture of his daughters, Emma and Eleanor on Instagram and his brother Paul’s wife, Anita also shared the same picture on…

Here’s What Mercy Johnson Has To Say After Daughter Photobombed Her Photos
Entertainment
50 views
Entertainment
50 views

Here’s What Mercy Johnson Has To Say After Daughter Photobombed Her Photos

MT - October 20, 2017

  Mercy Johnson was feeling beautiful after getting dolled up for an event and decided to take a photo. Little did mercy know that purity had another…

CELEBRITY BIO: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike a.k.a Phyno’s Biography
Entertainment
46 views
Entertainment
46 views

CELEBRITY BIO: Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike a.k.a Phyno’s Biography

MT - October 20, 2017

  Phyno Biography Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike also known as Phyno is the undisputed ‘Man of The Year’. The talented Igbo rapper who started out as a producer…

Tuface Has This To Say To Davido Over The Death Of His 3 Friends
Entertainment
48 views
Entertainment
48 views

Tuface Has This To Say To Davido Over The Death Of His 3 Friends

MT - October 20, 2017

  Tuface who is undisputed one of the most dedicated and respected musician in the industry has weighed into controversies surrounding death of Davido’s friends: Tagbo Umeike, Dj…

Check Out Wedding Invitation Card To The Societal Wedding Between ‘Tosin Saraki’ And ‘Omoba Adeniyi Olukoya’
Politics
88 views
Politics
88 views

Check Out Wedding Invitation Card To The Societal Wedding Between ‘Tosin Saraki’ And ‘Omoba Adeniyi Olukoya’

MT - October 19, 2017

Senate President Saraki's daughter Tosin is set to wed her Handsome prince... The wedding Invitations to those who are available to attend have been sent out...This is…

Loading...