7th Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival to be held on September 8 – New Telegraph
Organizers of the annual Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival have announced this year’s event to be held on September 8 and run through September, with dignitaries from different parts of the world attending expect to attend. This year’s festival, which is the seventh, is set to be held at the sprawling NSK Polo Ranch and Resort in Argungu, Kebbi State, northwest Nigeria. Over the years, the Argungu Polo Tournament and Culture Festival has lived up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular and most visited African polo and cultural tourism festivals in Nigeria. .
Argungu is famous for its Argungu International Fishing and Culture Festival, which over the years has gained traction across the world. Since its inception in 2016, leading polo teams from popular Nigerian polo clubs have regularly participated in the event, which is expected to attract tourists to the city and state. Over the years, tournament organizers have consistently rallied stakeholders from the polo and tourism communities and Nigerian businesses to partner together to make the event more beneficial to the rural host economies.
It will be recalled that NSK Ranch & Resort started hosting the polo tournament in Keffi, Nasarawa State and is now hosting the event in Argungu, Kebbi State. Organizing Committee of Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival 2022 has revealed that polo clubs participating in the tournament will play to win one of the prestigious cups such as Governor’s Cup, Sultan’s Cup, Cup Emir of Argungu Cup, Emir of Kano Cup, King Cup of Appolos Chu, Lai Mohammed Cup, Shehu Kangiwa Cup and Abubakar Dangiwa Umar Cup among other laurels.
Six polo teams will participate in the tournament, including Team NSK Farms, Team H. Hago, Team Ayatun, Team JRB Solar, Team NIHOTOUR and Team Osolo. The patron of the Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who is the Turakin Kebbi and the Director General of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), promised that the planned activities for this year’s event will surpass previous editions. . He said no less than 24 polo players, some of whom are the best in Nigeria, and more than 80 polo horses will be involved in the tournament.
The Turaki assured that this year there will be more emissaries, international dignitaries and representatives of foreign governments present at the event. He further revealed that cultural entertainment groups from West African countries have confirmed their participation. Some of the traditional displays of the event will be Culinary Arts, Traditional Wrestling, Camel Racing, Horse Racing, Mini Durbar, Folk Dance, Bullfighting and many other unusual traditional events.