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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Patigi Regatta Festival: its origin, historical significance and tourism prospects
Author:Idrees, Aliyu A.
Year:1988
Periodical:Présence africaine
Issue:147
Pages:63-70
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:festivals
traditional festivals
Abstract:The idea of the Patigi Regatta Festival was conceived in 1950 by the traditional Council of Patigi Emirate (Nigeria) and it was inaugurated in 1953. After a description of the background of the festival and its objectives (to foster unity amongst the riverains in order to stamp out the problems created by colonial policy), the paper deals with the festival itself which is celebrated at two-year intervals, involving the entire people of Patigi Emirate and the north bank riverains living in the present Niger State of Nigeria. The main part of the festival consists of canoe races and displays on the Niger at Gbaradogi on the west bank; the second part of the festival takes place in the palace of the Etsu of Patigi and involves a variety of Nupe cultural displays. The festival attracts many tourists from far and wide. Notes, ref.
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