Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Calabar Carnival Organisers unveil 2015 theme

Expectations heightened for revellers of the annual Carnival Calabar and Festival, a yuletide offering and tourism preserve of Cross River State government, as Governor Ben Ayade led relevant ministries to unveil this year’s plans at a glamorous event that had investors, celebrities and performing artistes at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos, Sunday night.

Marketing what has come to be known as the best tourism destination in Nigeria, Ayade, in an engaging oratory, unveiled a line-up of festival activities that was applauded by many as Progress in Running.

Nation reports that the 2015 edition of the December festival will be the first to be organised by Ayade, who took over the mantle of the state’s leadership from Mr. Liyel Imoke.

The show was founded by Imoke’s predecessor, Mr. Donald Duke in 2007.

Praising the governor for what she described as not only sustaining the festival, but taking it a notch higher, Chairman of the Carnival Calabar Band Association and leader of the Seagull Band, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, noted that as a leader of one of the frontal bands, she too was initially worried about the disposition of the new governor to the festival, but added that such was the fear, each time there was a change of government in the state.

Unveiling the theme of the Carnival Calabar and Festival which is ‘Climate Change’, Ayade enjoined all to be a part of the carnival.

 He also revealed that Carnival bands from 14 countries will be performing this year, with new innovations such as Bikers Parade, Old Automobile Model showcase, and Disco Fiesta in celebration of African music.

 The notable children Carnival has also been repackaged to take the form of family funfair.
Interestingly, the governor who invited all the Beauty Queens at the event to the stage, enlisted them instantly into a new band he called the Governor’s Band, saying irrespective of their states of origin, they represent the beauty, elegance, style and class of the average Cross River  youth.

Ayade, who also announced plans to set up ‘the biggest garment factory’ in Nigeria on December 15, said there is need to localise the production of the costumes used during the event, as a business angle to the festival.

According to Nation the governor assured of security, praising the State as having the lowest crime rate in Nigeria.  “Our people are emotional stable and content with what they have.  However, s full team of security will be mobilised for the festival.”

Some of the guests at the unveiling include comic actor John Okafor, aka Mr. Ibu, sonorous singer, Waje, CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Dance Hall singer, Patoranking, reggae artiste Blackie, Olu Maintain, Kce and actors Enyinna Nwigwe and Elvis Chuks.

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