Living up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular and most attended African polo and cultural tourism festivals in Nigeria, the annual Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete is scheduled for its 2022 edition.
Serving the local and incoming Nigerian market, the Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete offers the majesty of polo, traditional sports and cultural activities in a historic African destination.
The event, which demonstrates Nigeria’s dominance in West Africa’s burgeoning sports and cultural tourism industry, will open on September 8th and run until September 10th at the NSK Polo Ranch and Resort in Argungu, Kebbi State.
Since its inception in 2016, leading polo teams from popular Nigerian polo clubs have regularly competed in the prestigious polo tournament. Some of the traditional performances at the event include cookery, traditional wrestling, camel racing, horse racing, mini durbar, folk dancing, bullfighting and other unusual traditional spectacles.
According to the organizing committee, the aim is to sustainably improve the economic multiplier effects of the event on the residents of Kebbi State and the tourist host communities.
The committee also announced that the polo clubs participating in the tournament competed to win one of the prestigious cups such as 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 and Shehu will play Kangiwa’s Cup and Abubakar Dangiwa Umar’s Cup, among other laurels.
The six teams listed for this year’s tournament include the NSK Farms Team, the H. Hago Team, the Ayatun Team, the JRB Solar Team, the NIHOTOUR Team and the Osolo Team.
The patron of the Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, who also has the traditional title of Turakin Kebbi, promised that the activities scheduled for this year’s tournament would surpass previous editions.
He explained that no fewer than 24 polo players, some of whom are the best in Nigeria, and over 80 polo horses will take part in the three-day tournament in the pristine city of Argungu.
He also praised the pioneering role and fatherly support of the Emir of Argungu, His Royal Highness Alhaji Samaila Mera CON, who is also the Grand Patron of the polo tournament.
Argungu is nationally known as an agricultural product export city with comparative advantages in rice cultivation, fishing and related industries.
Over the years, the tournament organizers have consistently brought together stakeholders within the polo and tourism communities and corporate Nigeria to work together to make the event more beneficial to the rural host economies. It is recalled that NSK Ranch & Resort started hosting the polo tournament in Keffi, Nasarawa State and is now holding the event in Argungu, Kebbi State.