The Argungu Fishing Festival or Argungu Dance Festival is an annual four-day festival in Kebbi State, in the North-western part of Northern Nigeria. The region is made up of fertile river areas of matanfada, mala, gamji, with much irrigation and orchards.
The festival began in the year 1934, as a mark of the end of the centuries-old hostility between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom.
The majority of fishermen are the followers of Islam and also predominantly farmers. Kanta museum is the main historical center in Argungu for visitors across the globe. People from around the round travel to Argungu just to witness the festival. The main purpose for the Argungu fishing festival is for fishing and unity.
On the final day of the festival, a competition is held in which thousands of men line up along the river and at the sound of a gunshot, all of them jump into the river and have an hour to catch the largest fish. The winner will take home about $7,500 US dollars.
Competitors are only allowed to use traditional only traditional fishing tools and many prefer to catch catch fish entirety by hand to demonstrate their prowess.
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