Nigeria is a country rich in cultural diversity and vibrant traditions. Flamboyantly, these amazing variables reflect in Nigeria’s numerous festivals celebrated throughout the year.

While Ojude Oba is a well-known festival, several others are equally captivating and offer unique experiences.Top Five Must-See Festivals in Nigeria

Here are five Nigerian festivals to look forward to, and why they are gaining renewed interest and popularity


1. The Durbar Festival

The Durbar Festival is a spectacular display of horsemanship, pageantry, and cultural heritage.

It is celebrated primarily in Northern Nigeria during Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

With increasing interest in cultural tourism and heritage preservation, the Durbar Festival has been attracting more visitors, both locally and internationally.

Efforts to modernise and promote the event through social media have also contributed to its resurgence. Many want to catch cruise with these festivals.

2.  Eyo Festival

The Eyo Festival, also known as the Adamu Orisha Play, is unique to Lagos.

Also, It features a grand procession of masquerades (Eyo), dressed in white robes and hats, parading through the streets.

The festival symbolises the cultural wealth of Lagos and has become a significant tourist attraction.


However, efforts by local authorities and cultural groups aim to preserve this important tradition are making it more accessible and engaging to the public.

3.  Osun-Osogbo Festival 

This annual festival is held in the sacred Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It celebrates the river goddess Osun and attracts devotees and tourists alike.

Furthermore, the Osun-Osogbo Festival has seen increased participation.

The festival’s integration into global heritage promotion campaigns has also boosted its visibility.

4.  Calabar Carnival 

It is often referred to as “Africa’s Biggest Street Party,” the Calabar Carnival takes place in December.

Also, it features colourful parades, music, dance, and cultural displays.

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In addition, the carnival’s reputation for high-energy performances and diverse cultural showcases has made it a must-see event.

Renewed investment in tourism infrastructure and marketing has further enhanced its appeal.

5.  Argungu Fishing Festival 

This historic festival is held in Argungu and involves a series of fishing competitions, cultural displays, and traditional sports.

It celebrates the end of the farming season.

After a long hiatus, the Argungu Fishing Festival has been revived, emphasising sustainable fishing practices and eco-tourism.

The government’s support and the community’s enthusiasm have played significant roles in its revival.

Furthermore, the popularity of traditional Nigerian festivals is driven by cultural preservation and tourism development.

With global interest in African culture, social media and digital promotion and community engagement.

Also, Governments and local authorities invest in tourism infrastructure, attract tourists, and involve local communities in organizing and participating in these events.

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