The festival which started about 96 years ago and is usually held at the Nwonyo Lake, located some five kilometers north of Ibi town.The name “Nwonyo” literally means “a hideout” for monstrous aquatic animals such as crocodiles and hippopotamus.
There are two myths surrounding the actual meaning of the word Nwonyo. The first version says it means, “under the locust bean tree;” while the second version says, “abode of the snake,” in Jukun language.
The festival is usually consist of various events such as: Boat Racing, Swimming, Boat Regatta, Masquerade Dances, Traditional Dances, The Fish-Catch Competition (main event)
The catches from the competition are in turn auctioned while others are sold to dignitaries, spectators, and participants at the event.
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