PLANS are being finalized for this year’s Akata Fishing and Cultural Festival.
In an online statement to AkanimoReports on Monday by the Principal Consultant of Gren Business Dimensions, the festival handlers, Mrs. Rosemary Duamlong, she said the need to ensure that every arrangement was in place to make Akata 2013 the huge success desired by all compelled the organizers to postpone the event.
She said the festival was originally billed to hold from Tuesday, June 4 –Thursday, June 6. ”But is now holding from Tuesday, June 25- Thursday June 27, 2013”.
Continuing, she said, ”we apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause you and your organization”.
The festival, a celebration of the rich culture of the Tiv people in Benue State, is to promote Benue as a tourist destination and also bring together the local and the global community for greater economic opportunities.
“Fishing competition is the main event of the day of the festival. Other activities include traditional dancing, traditional singing, power bike riding, traditional wrestling, boat racing, arrow shooting competition and traditional Tiv pageant (Miss Akata) aimed at promoting the Tiv woman and her virtues”, the statement said.
Promising that all known traditional dancers in the area will participate and top government officials and business moguls from all the states of the federation will be in attendance, the statement said the three-day international fiesta would encourage more private sector participation, bring more benefits to the people of the state, showcase the tourism potential of Benue, create wealth and unite the people and the communities.