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Opobo International Boat Racing &

"Regatta Festival"  (OIB)

OIB is one of Nigeria's 12 National Festivals

Message from the Organiser:  Dear Friends and Well-Wishers of OIB...>>read more 

Dates for Regatta & Races:

OIB Pre-events: Start December 24, 2012 with Ekere Fari (hoisting of flags of 67 War Canoe Chieftaincy Houses and the celebration of ancestral drum symbols of 14 Founding Fathers of Opobo Kingdom. Nwotam Regatta closes the old year on December 31st. Be ready for the true flavour of Africa as  Nwotam dance troupes in their parade colours and the heart-beat of their rhythm usher in the New Year on January 1st .


OIB Day One: January 3, 2013: Competition Heats (Open sea swimming and all canoe races).

Day Two: January 4, 2013: “Waking The Dragon” (or Ijumangi) & Opening Ceremony,  with finals of One-man,  Five-man,  and Marathon canoe races as well as Open Sea Swimming.

     Day Three: January 5, 2013: Final of 15-man canoe relay;

      1,500 meters Regatta Race with Closing ceremony.

    Time: 12 noon daily  Jan 3-5, 2013.

“OIB 2013 main event runs Jan 3-5”

OIB Season 7...>>read more ;

Regatta Boats at the  OIB fiesta


Part of the Ghanaian Contingent linning up for the Canoe Race.

OIB Season 6 Race Result ...

As OIB Season Seven opens with pre-events from December 24, 2012, it can draw from the pleasant surprises of the last festival to achieve better performance. New entries are expected in the programme starting with the frst –ever Female Canoe racing. Last season was blessed with a longer list of partners who came on board Nigeria’s premier water-sport festival: Opobo/Nkoro LGA, Lagos corporate giants Hamilton Technologies and Niger Insurance. ... Read More

HM giving the Regatta prizeOIB Season Six brought surprises during the races too.  The Open Sea Swimming contest produced a new champion. Joseph Quao (Ghana’s entry for the race) snatched the OIB 2012 first prize for the 200 metres event with a time of 1 minute 45 seconds. He was closely followed by Chinasa Peterside who took 2nd by clocking 1 minute 47 seconds. The defending champion Joshua Ogolo did not go empty handed. He took the 3rd prize with a time of 1 min. 49 seconds. Next surprise was from the Five-Man Team Canoe race over 1000 metres. As defending champions, the Ghana team began with a good lead but finished 3rd as they clocked 7 minutes 40 second.  The Biriye team from Nigeria emerged as new champions with 7 minutes 29 seconds. Ukonu team followed in 2nd position with 7 minutes 37 seconds. But the One -  Man canoe race (1000 metres) produced an undisputed champion out of 21 contestants.  Mr Nna Peterside has won the race since 2007. In 2012 he took the prize with a time of 10 minutes, 24 secondsFriday Jaja landed as 2nd in 10 minutes 35 seconds while Andrew Peterside  claimed 3rd position with a time of 10 minutes, 38 seconds. ... Read More

Seeing is believing. Experience OIB Regatta Festival

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