All is set for 7th Argungu Polo Tourney, culture fete
Having lived up to its billing as one of the most spectacular and massively visited African Polo and cultural tourism festivals in Nigeria, the annual Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete is set for its 2022 edition.
Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete serves the domestic and inbound Nigerian markets, offering the majesty of the Polo game, traditional sports and cultural activities in a historic African destination.
The event, which showcases Nigeria’s dominance of West Africa’s burgeoning sports and cultural tourism industry, will open on September 8, and runs through September 10, at the NSK Polo Ranch and Resort, Argungu, Kebbi State.
Since its inception in 2016, leading Polo teams from popular Nigerian Polo clubs have regularly featured in the prestigious Polo Tournament. Some of the traditional displays at the event will include culinary arts, traditional wrestling, camel racing, horse racing, mini-Durbar, folk dancing, bullfighting, and other uncommon traditional spectacles.
According to the organising committee, the objective is to sustainably improve the economic multiplier effects of the event on Kebbi State residents and tourist host communities.
The committee also revealed that participating Polo clubs in the tournament will be playing to win any of the prestigious Cups such as the Governor’s Cup, Sultan’s Cup, Emir of Argungu’s Cup, Emir of Kano’s Cup, King Appolos Chu’s Cup, Lai Mohammed’s Cup, Shehu Kangiwa’s Cup and Abubakar Dangiwa Umar’s Cup, among other laurels.
The six teams listed for this year’s tournament include NSK Farms Team, H. Hago Team, Ayatun Team, JRB Solar Team, NIHOTOUR Team and Osolo Team.
The Patron of Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who also holds the traditional title of Turakin Kebbi, promised that activities lined up for this year’s tourney would surpass previous editions.
He stated that not less than 24 polo players, some of who are the best in Nigeria, and over 80 Polo horses will be involved in the tournament for 3-days, in the pristine town of Argungu.
He also extolled the pioneering roles and fatherly support provided by the Emir of Argungu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Samaila Mera CON, who is also the Grand Patron of the Polo Tournament.
Nationally renowned as an agricultural produce export town with comparative advantage in rice farming, fishing and allied industries, Argungu is one of Nigeria’s historically significant towns and the host town of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage asset in Nigeria – the famous Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival.
Over the years, the Tournament organisers have consistently rallied stakeholders in the Polo and Tourism communities and Corporate Nigeria to partner in making the event more beneficial to the rural host economies. It would be recalled that NSK Ranch & Resort started hosting the Polo Tournament in Keffi, Nasarawa State, and now holds the event in Argungu, Kebbi State.