In Nigeria, it has been festival time again in Argungu in Sokoto State. The Argungu?
In Nigeria, it has been festival time again in Argungu in Sokoto State. The Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival is an annual event and its fame is such that it attracted four members of the Supreme Military Council and nine military governors. It lasted three day, and there was plenty of colour and excitement, particularly at the fishing event.
SYNOPSIS: The fishing competition took place in the River Rima, at the northern end of Argungu. When the starting signal was given, between two and there thousand fishermen surged forward, and charged into the water. They were equipped with only two hand nets, with hooks at both ends, and a large round gourd with a small opening at the top. The competition had been staged this way since 1934, but in fact historians have been able to trace the festival's origins back as far as the 16th century, when the end of harvest heralded the fishing season.
Once the fishing was over those in the running for a prize took their catch, and prepared it for weighting. To win at the Argungu festival is quite a triumph. The presence of so many military and tribal leaders means that is an event of national standing. Watching the weighing-in, with great interest, was Colonel Umaru Alhaji Mohammed, the Military Governor of Sokoto.
Other dignitaries included the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Adelanwa, and The Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Muhammadu Mera. The winning catch weighed 103 pounds (nearly 47 kilograms) and the winner's prizes included a motor-cycle.