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Kebbi: Govt fixes date for Yauri Rigata cultural festival

Kebbi: Govt  fixes date for Yauri Rigata cultural festival

Kebbi state would host the famous Yauri Rigata and Cultural Festival from 8 to 10 February, 2024 in Yelwan-Yauri.

The National Chairman of the Festival who is the Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Yakubu Bala Tafidan Yauri, announced this at a news briefing in Birnin Kebbi this Thursday.

The event will feature book launch on the history of Yauri from 1411 to date, trade fair exhibition, agricultural show, cultural performance and the grand finale, Rigata.

He said the reinvigoration of Rigata and its adoption by Kebbi State Government as paramount cultural event was facilitated by the present 42nd Emir of Yauri, Dr. Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi. 

"The Festival involves riverine maneuvers including water sports and entertainment which began 200 years ago as a display of naval strength of Gungu people where Gungu warriors attacked the most dangerous hippopotamus on the River Niger."

Rigata is a word in the local dialect of Gungawa people depicting marine warfare.

Warriors used to board canoes of different sizes with various weapons to attack the wild marine mammal. 

"The water maneuvers also served as training exercise for upcoming Gungu warriors. 
The advent of Europeans led the colonial government to ban hippopotamus hunting to preserve the specie, he added.

The trend prevailed until the visit of the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardaunan Sokoto, to Yelwan-Yauri during which Rigata alongside Agricultural show were organised to honour the Premier. 


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