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Nigeria. 100001

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There is a festival taking place somewhere in Nigeria everyday. Some are local community affairs while some have attained national status. We have carefully selected and packaged festivals from some ethnic cultures in the country that have over the years attained international prominence. Explore Nigeria's cultural diversity by participating in any of these exciting festivals. It will enable you gain intimate contact with the people of Nigeria that an ordinary trip would not afford. A unique "African celebration of life" awaits you.

OSUN FESTIVAL: OSHOGBO [August Annually]

Osun-Iyalode, the Yoruba water spirit of love, fertility and wealth is one of the Orixhas that form the famous seven African powers. It is known in Santeria religion as our Lady of La Carida del Cobre and is worshipped in Cuba, West Indies, Brazil and the Americas. According to legend, Osun has unlimited powers and is invoked during difficult pregnancies. Osun is always pleasant and fun loving but has a ferocious temper when her anger is aroused. She is often referred to as the Venus of the African continent. The ancient shrine of Osun is located at the Osun shrine and groove Oshogbo. Traditional offerings (ebo) are made to the spirit annually to bring peace and harmony to the land and people.

Osun Festival Tour [4 Days/3 Nights]
• Land transfers Lagos/Oshogbo/Lagos,
• 3 night's hotel accommodation,
• Thanksgiving ceremonies at Osun shrine, dance drama presentations,
• Arts & craft exhibition, etc.
• Visit to museum and historical sites at Ile-Ife, shopping & sightseeing etc.
• Optional: Consultation with an Ifa priest

 
"MMANWU" FESTIVAL: ENUGU [Special Occasions]

"Mmanwu" or masquerade is a popular social institution among the Igbo people of Nigeria. Masquerades at festivals represent incarnated ancestral spirits visiting their descendants on earth to entertain, give guidance and exorcise evil spirits. Souls of departed people are in a state of personal immortality because the process of dying is never complete. The festival is one of the few rich cultural heritages of the African people that have survived western influences. "Mmanwu" festival which is held on special occasions features an assemblage of over 2,500 masquerades of various design, shapes and sizes from different communities in Anambra state of Nigeria and is said to be the largest concentration of masquerades on the African continent and perhaps in the world.

"Mmanwu" Festival Tour [4 Days/3 Nights]
• Air transfer Lagos / Enugu / Lagos,
• 3 nights, Hotel in Enugu,
• Masquerade carnival, arts & craft exhibitions,
• Tour of Enugu including Akwete village, shopping & sightseeing etc.
• Optional: Visit to the Long Juju of Aro-chukwu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
IGUE FESTIVAL: BENIN CITY [December Annually]

The oldest cultural festival in ancient Benin Kingdom came to limelight in 1440 ad. during the reign of Oba (king) Ewuare. The annual thanksgiving festival is the climax of all festivities in the Kingdom celebrated to mark end of the Benin year and to offer prayers for peace and prosperity in the New Year. This colorful festival featuring best of Benin life and culture is one of the rare occasions when the Oba dances in public.

Igue Festival Tour [4 Days/3 Nights]
• Land transfer Lagos / Benin-city / Lagos,
• 3 nights, Hotel in Benin-city,
• Igue thanksgiving ceremonies at the Oba's palace, art & craft exhibition etc,
• Tour of Benin-city: Museum, Chief Ogiamen's house, Igun Street Bronze centre, Shopping & sightseeing etc.

 
ARGUNGU FISHING FESTIVAL: ARGUNGU [February or March Annually]

An annual celebration to mark the fishing season in Argungu, Kebbi State, is one of the most popular cultural festivals in Nigeria. A Bare-hand fishing competition among over 1,000 Fishermen, each equipped with hand net and large gourd, is the main event of this cultural extravaganza. For a whole year preceding the festival, fishing is prohibited on this section of the Sokoto River, the venue of the festival and traditional 'rituals' are performed to prevent fishes from migrating to neighboring waters. Prizes are awarded to fishermen with the biggest catches. Since 1940, the scope of the festival has been expanded to include various contests - traditional water sports, wild duck catching, swimming, diving, wrestling, arts/craft exhibition, agricultural show and traditional entertainment. The Argungu Motor Rally is another interesting feature of the festival.

Argungu Fishing Festival Tour [4 Days/3 Nights]
• Air transfer Lagos / Sokoto / Lagos,
• 3 nights Hotel in Argungu or Sokoto,
• Festival events including Kabanchi displays, Agriculture show, etc.
• Visit to palace of emir of Gwandu, shopping & sightseeing etc.
• Optional: Argungu Motor Rally

DURBAR FESTIVAL: KANO & KATSINA [Twice Annually during Islamic Holidays]

A Durbar is, the spectacular traditional parade of horsemen from the various districts of Kano & Katsina emirates assembled to exhibit horsemanship and pay homage to the Emir (king) during sallah (Islamic holidays) and on special occasions. It is sometimes held as a mark of honor for visiting dignitaries. This colorful procession full of pomp and pageantry is led by the Emir and features contest among the royal cavalry (horse & camel), drummers, trumpeters, praise singers, acrobats, wrestlers, jugglers, snake charmers and various other entertainers. It depicts past glories of the emirates before the influence of western culture.

Durbar Festival Tour [4 Days/3 Nights]
• Air transfer Lagos/Kano/Lagos,
• 3 nights, Hotel in Katsina & Kano,
• Durbar carnival in Katsina & Kano,
• Tour of Kano, shopping & sightseeing etc.

 

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