Festival fishing (Argungu Fishing Festival) is held in March in Arungu (Argungu) eponymous emirate. It attracts fishermen from all over Nigeria in the hope to catch the biggest fish. Each village sends one or more representatives. Despite the fact that the river of Rome, which is held catching that looked pretty skinny fish in it than anywhere else in Africa. This happens because fishing in the river is forbidden, except for the festival.
The luckiest fisherman relies prize of $ 7,500 and a souvenir in the form of a cup or a bicycle. Luck was mentioned a reason, because 30,000th crowd (ie as fishermen at the same time go into the water) is unrealistic to show skills in fishing. At the festival, fishing takes place exclusively luck.
Argungu Festival - it's not just fish. The first three days of the festival Nigerians dancing, dance, sing. Each village in Nigeria - a separate tribe with individual national characteristics, so three days pass in a very different performances. On the fourth day is done for the sake of that and going to the fishermen from across the country, often by extreme deprivation. After all, Nigeria - a country of poor and even travel in their own country for their expensive.
Festival fishing is as follows - special signal all participants throw themselves into the water and using hand nets and try to catch the biggest Nile perch. To fish is given exactly one hour, and then the participants with their trophies are in a long queue to the scales, where the winner is determined. Smaller fish put in a hollow calabash gourd-it in the prize draw is not involved. Record bass was caught in 2005, he weighed 75 pounds on the scale and it threw four people.
The festival was founded in 1934 as a sign of the end of the war between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kingdom of Cubby. They would still fighting, if they were not pacified by the British.