The calabar festival which as been tagged as the biggest, longest, multidimensional tourism, entertainment programme in West Africa still continues.
The 4th edition started on the 1st of December and scheduled to end by 31st of December 2019.
Series of events like drama, music, dance , and different fashion shows continues entertain guests since the inception of the carnival.
Odunews confirms that no fewer than 22 states and 15 local government areas in Cross River are participating in the 2019 cultural carnival held on Thursday in Calabar.
Some of the states include Kebbi, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Lagos and Rivers.
The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, speaking at the flag-off of the event said the event was designed to promote Nigeria’s tourism and cultural potentials.
Mr Onah further said that the theme of the 2019 Carnival “Humanity” was carefully chosen to show kindness and love.
“Today we are here to tell the story of one Nigeria and culture as the platform of our tourism. That truly culture is the palm oil with which our tourism is eaten.
“This year, we are playing humanity and we have 22 states present out of the 26 that were expected.
“We have been on the road in the last 24 days with the flag-off of the city walk and the festival village has been agog with over 10,000 fun-seekers daily.
“Also, we have 15 local government areas in the state here present with their different cultural costumes to hit the streets,” he said.
The street dance scheduled for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points.
The 2019 carnival themed “Humanity” as been said to promote the Country’s cultural diversity.
The past weeks in Calabar has been recorded “Paradise in heaven” as many events sparked and lit up the atmosphere with all sorts of sophisticated costumes and styles.
However, some individuals swept their grudges in the twitter street. Many have said that despite the fact that governor of Cross River state is owing state workers 5 months salary, he spent millions on this carnival. But it’s like the cross River people are unperturbed as so far nobody has carried a placard to protest!!
Perhaps the Cross River people prefer to bask in the Euphoria of a merry Carnival than getting their 5 months salary.
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