Grandeur, majesty, myth were the flavours of the Grand Durbar in Argungu

Durbar 2009 involved about 500 horses, 120 camels, 1760 men and women dressed in traditional indigenous attires with resplendent colours and adornments that accentuated the rich culture of Argungu.

A war scene delivered by horsemen racing exuberantly across the open field, shouting “hee-hah” as they rode on top speed.

The Emir of Argungu, Samaila Mera,  led a special group of horsemen in a rich and beautiful display.

Kings and Guards, Comedians and Commanders, Immams and Priests took part side by side.

Songs and dances were part of tha procession.

Indigenous practices such as goldsmithing, farming, fishing, hunting, traditional religion and dancing were put on show. People carried the tools of their various occupations and displayed how they ply their trade.

One of the three hyenas was so violent, that the hunters cut a goat head and stuck in its mouth.

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  1. Eli Calil says:

    Brilliant pictures Irene. I’m from the country’s south but worked in the north for one year. In the little village where I lived, a mini-durbar is usually held to honour the village head. Extremely colourful and outstanding event which I witnessed. Unfortunately, I was too poor to own a camera then. Now I’ve got a big fat Sony Cam and can’t wait till something like this comes up again. So much we don’t know about ourselves despite being countrymen. Thanks for these pictures!

  2. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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