Argungu Festival: Emir honours minister with traditional title

Emir of Argungu in Kebbi State, Alhaji Samaila Mohammed Mera, has
bestowed the traditional title of ‘Kakakin Kebbi’ (Ambassador of the
Kebbi Culture) on the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed.

The Emir announced the conferment of the title on the Minister in
Abuja on Tuesday at a press conference to unveil the programmes lined
up for the 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival,
which comes up 11-14 March.

While reading out the letter of conferment, the Emir said: “Our
decision (Argungu Emirate Council) is based on the recognition of your
efforts to project the cultural heritage of the diverse peoples of
Nigeria to the world and create jobs, income and positive awareness
for our youths though Festivals, Arts and Cultural Exhibitions.

According to him, “We admire your loyalty to our country and your fearless defence of our national identity and integrity through the discharge of the
responsibilities of your office.”

The Emir said it was under the watch of Alhaji Mohammed that the
Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival was inscribed on
the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of
Humanity by UNESCO.

“I don’t know of any individual outside the Emirate who has shown so
much enthusiasm towards working with us to achieve success,” he said.

While thanking the Emir for the honour bestowed on him, the Minister
expressed delight at the revival of the Argungu International Fishing
and Cultural Festival, considering the fact that it is one of the most widely attended festivals in Nigeria and the oldest festival of its kind, dating back many generations.

Alhaji Mohammed said his Ministry will ensure that the festival
receives global visibility and publicity.

“For us at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, we attach
a great importance to this festival, just like many of our great
festivals nationwide. This explains why we are leaving no stone
unturned in ensuring the maximum publicity for the forthcoming
festival.

”We are going to Argungu next week with a battery of journalists from
here in order to help raise the profile of the
festival. We will be using the new and traditional media to put the
2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival on the
national and international map. The festival deserves no less,” he
said.

The Minister disclosed that the Argungu International Fishing and
Cultural Festival has been included in the Calendar of Nigerian
Festivals, which will enable tourists to plan their attendance of the
various festivals in the country with ease.

For his part, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi
State, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee, listed
some of the events slated for the festival as Grand Fishing, Kabanci
Display, Agric Show, Cultural Display, Catapulting, Archery,
Traditional Boxing and Traditional Wrestling.

Others are Sharo, Motor Rally, Bicycle Race, Donkey Race, Camel Race,
Durbar and Polo.

Cultural troupes from Kebbi and Niger States entertained guests at the
press conference

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