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Nigeria is a diverse country with different cultures, traditions, and ethnic groups. There are amazing and colourful festivals across the country to celebrate our ways of life and diversity. These festivals feature music, dance, food, drinks and much more and it is attended by Nigerians as well as foreigners:

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Eyo festival

The Eyo festival is marked in Lagos. The festival features a procession by masquerades dressed in white flowing robes that cover their entire body, accompanied by hats, and sticks. The Eyo festival is usually organized to pay reverence to the Oba of Lagos as well as celebrate the achievements of prominent Lagos personalities. It’s held on Lagos Island.

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The New Yam festival

This is celebrated in South East Nigeria to represent the end of harvest and the beginning of a new planting season. It showcases masquerades and dance among other attractions.

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Argungun fishing festival

Argungun is a town in Kebbi state. It is the town that celebrates one of the biggest fishing festivals in Nigeria which started in 1934. The festival is all about the competition to catch the biggest fish. Whoever catches the biggest fish is declared the winner and rewarded.

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The Ofala Festival is held in Anambra State. The Obi of Onitsha, Dr. Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe and other traditional rulers celebrate their heritage and culture. It is very colourful as Anambra sons and daughter return home to make merry.

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Osun-Osogbo festival

This is one of the most cultural and religious festivals in Nigeria. It is usually held between the months of July and August in Osun State, South West, Nigeria. The festival runs for two weeks and it features a lot of festivities including the cleansing of the land, lighting the 500-year-old 16 points lamp and procession. It is held in honour of Osun, the river goddess.

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Durbar festival

This is one of the oldest festivals in Northern Nigerian. It is usually marked across different states in the North including Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, and Zaria. An important highlight of the Durbar is the parade of flamboyantly and beautifully dressed horses mounted by the Emir and his emissaries. It is also a day to pay homage to the emir and it is usually commemorated to mark the end of fasting.

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You can call it the Durbar of South West Nigeria. Ojude Oba festival is marked to pay homage to the king, the Awujale of Ijebuland. The festival takes place on the third day of the Ileya Festival, (Eid-el-Kabir). This festival includes horse parades, traditional songs, and dance competitions among different age grades.

Written by Damilola Faustino

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