Monday, December 11, 2006

Nigeria Fish Festival Bans Fish

People in north-western Nigeria are angry that fishing has been banned at Kebbi State's Argungu fishing festival. A fishing competition is the highlight of the festival when fishermen jump into a river and have an hour to scoop the biggest catch for a big cash prize.

But organisers say as the water level is so low the narrow Matan Fada river is very muddy, raising safety concerns for the estimated 30,000 competitors.

Kebbi State Governor Adamu Aleiro says there will be a fishing display for symbolic purposes to show how the fish are caught using traditional nets and gourds. Local people are angered that the event will be something of a damp squib.

The Argungu fishing festival began in 1934 - and was used to mark peace between the former Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom. The competition is usually the culmination of a four-day cultural event and a motor rally, musicals and cultural dances are still taking place this year. (source: BBC News/Africa)

It's like ordering tomato juice without tomatoes please!
Tags: Nigeria, Fishing, Festival, Cultural, Kebbi, Argungu, Matan Fada, Fisherman

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