Event: Akata Fishing Festival to hold in Benue on June 4


akata fishing festival, nigeriaTuesday, June 4 has been fixed for the 2013 edition of the yearly Akata Fishing and Cultural Festival in Katsina-Ala, Benue State.

The festival, according to Rosemary Duamlong, Principal Consultant at Green Business Dimensions will help individuals and organizations expand the scope of their businesses and tap into the opportunities in Benue State.

Duamlong in a statement issued in Lagos and made available to DailyPost on Tuesday said, “This is an ideal opportunity for families, investors, decision makers and tourists to see what Benue State offers.”

The festival, she said also incorporates other events such as wrestling, power bike racing, traditional dances, beauty pageant, boat racing and arrow shooting.

The fishing competition, similar to the Argungu Festival of Kebbi State, is aimed at promoting the culture, tourism and agricultural development of Benue State.

The statement reads, “The June event will draw attention to the importance of fishing in the lives of many Benue families. Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost,” Mrs. Duamlong said. “We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more.”

“This year’s festival kicks off with a business conference, continuing on the second day with Made in Benue Expo, Cultural and Entertainment Night before ending on Thursday with a Gala/ Awards Night.

“The final day will feature a hands-on fish focus, showcasing fishing tackle and equipment displays, local produce temptations, fly tying demonstrations plus a range of guest speakers,” said Mrs. Duamlong.

“There will be prizes and giveaways during the festival and the chance to learn how to cook your catch with professional cooking demonstrations. Whether you’ve never fished before or have been doing it for years, this festival will be a wonderful way to spend some time together as a family in Benue State,” she added.


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