The 1972 annual Argungu festival in Nigeria has again attracted wide interest on the African continent.
SV Riders in camel race (4 shots)
SV Guests watch (3 shots)
SV Riders in camel race after finish
SV Contestants in donkey race wait to start
SV Donkey race (3 shots)
SV Traditional dancers.
GV Fishermen in river for fishing contest (3 shots)
SV Military Governor's watch
GV Fishermen in rive (2 shots)
SV Caught fish landed.
SV Fish weighed
SV People watch
SV Fish weighed
SV Women watch
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Background: The 1972 annual Argungu festival in Nigeria has again attracted wide interest on the African continent.
The festival has become an important cultural occasion--an opportunity for traditional sports, dancing and drama.
Again this year cultural groups from the neighbouring Republic of Niger took part in the events.
A highlight of the Argungu Festival every year is a fishing contest in which hundreds of competitors wade into the river with nets each trying to catch the biggest fish of the day.
(At this year's Festival it was confirmed that the Nigerian Government proposes to introduce a Safari Motor Rally in the future to supplement the Argungu festival and, hopefully, to attract more tourists. A Nigerian Government spokesman says motor firms have already showed a lot of interest in rally proposal.)
SYNOPSIS: Camel racing in Nigeria--one of the more spectacular events at this year's Argungu Festival, The festival is attracting widespread interest on the African continent as it provides an opportunity for traditional sports, dancing and drama. The camel races attracted competitors from throughout the north-western part of Nigeria--a part of the country where the age-old sport is retaining its popularity.
The local state government here hopes its encouragement of the Argungu Festival will help to place it prominently on the international calendar of festivals. Donkey racing is another of the poplar sports events. Efforts have been made to attract foreign interest in the festival--and this year a number of tourists watched the events. Taking part were competitors from the neighbouring Republic of Niger--for the third year running. Traditional dances are an important feature.
A highlight is the fishing competition. Hundreds of competitors wade into the river with nets--each seeking the biggest fish of the day. Attractions like the fishing competition already attract widespread interest--but it's now confirmed that the Nigerian Government hopes to encourage the festival still further by organising a motor rally in conjunction with it. A government spokesman says motor firms have showed keen interest int he proposal.
The task of weighing each fish can be a long one. This year the prize for the biggest fish caught went to a local resident. He landed a giant weighing 142 pounds (64.5 kgs.)