Argungu Fishing Festival


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Argungu Fishing Festival

February-March
The Argungu Fishing Festival is held along a sacred mile of the Sokoto River, a tributary of the Niger River, near Argungu, Kebbi State, in northwestern Nigeria. About 5,000 men from throughout Nigeria take part in the approximately 45 minutes of frenzied fishing. Using nets with calabashes (gourds) as floats, they can catch perch of up to 140 pounds. The largest perch are presented to the emirs, or rulers, who hold the festival.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
3519 International Ct. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-986-8400; fax: 202-362-6541
www.nigeriaembassyusa.org
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Feb 10
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