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  •   By George Odok Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has suspended the chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah from his post Onah s suspension is contained in a statement signed Monday in Calabar by the governor s special adviser for media and publicity Mr Christian Ita The governor said the suspension was effective immediately However he did not specify the reason for the suspension of the chairman of the commission The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the suspension comes two days after the commission hosted its first awards night in Calabar NOPE NAN
    Gov. Ayade suspends Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission
      By George Odok Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has suspended the chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah from his post Onah s suspension is contained in a statement signed Monday in Calabar by the governor s special adviser for media and publicity Mr Christian Ita The governor said the suspension was effective immediately However he did not specify the reason for the suspension of the chairman of the commission The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the suspension comes two days after the commission hosted its first awards night in Calabar NOPE NAN
    Gov. Ayade suspends Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission
    General news1 year ago

    Gov. Ayade suspends Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission

    By George Odok

    Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has suspended the chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah, from his post.

    Onah's suspension is contained in a statement signed Monday in Calabar by the governor's special adviser for media and publicity, Mr. Christian Ita.

    The governor said the suspension was effective immediately.

    However, he did not specify the reason for the suspension of the chairman of the commission.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the suspension comes two days after the commission hosted its first awards night in Calabar. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •  A performer at the 2019 Calabar Carnival Calabar Carnival Keeping Nigeria top on World tourism map By Taiye Olayemi Nigeria News Agency Calabar Carnival festival in Nigeria also tagged Africa s Biggest Street Party was created in 2004 as part of the vision of making Cross River State and Nigeria the number one tourists destination for Nigerians and visitors from all over the world The carnival which begins every 1st December and lasts until 31st December has boosted the cultural mosaic of Nigeria people while entertaining millions of spectators within and from around the world through dedicated television channels It was founded by a former Cross River governor Donald Duke who had a vision of making the state a hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigeria and Africa The Carnival presents a perfect platform from brand visibility for consumer and market awareness In the last 15 years Calabar carnival had featured distinct themes and remains one of the best platforms for acquiring education and dissecting cultures across Nigeria and the world Each of these themes has enlightened a good number of revellers across the globe as the 2019 edition of the carnival themed Humanity displayed cultures from 30 countries and 22 states Quite amazing were the performances from Southern African countries of Lesotho and eSwatini formerly Swaziland whose bare breasted ladies not only added colour but amazement for revellers during the carnival The Mexicans blue costumes was said to be symbolic and associated with the body of ocean their country is surrounded with believed to have united the North Americans over the years Lithuanian delegates also had a fascinating performance involving the manipulation of some fireworks while the Kenyans made a unique cultural display which entailed some acrobatics and pole climbing Each of the visiting countries exhibited some aspects of their culture the displays which left revellers with a feeling of awe of God who made each humanity unique in variety of ways Some of the international delegates recounted their experiences and aspects of the carnival that fascinated them Rohey Touray a Gambian says the carnival has exposed him to some aspects of Nigerian culture She adds that the artistic prowess displayed by Nigerian band in communicating the theme of the carnival Humanity was quite astounding According to her the platform gave room for cultural integration while cultures from other foreign countries were also sources of knowledge Nigerians are highly creative the carnival is interesting and we look forward to gracing the 2020 edition I will like to commend the Cross River State Government for its consistency and for gradually improving on the content of the carnival she says Also an Egyptian Mr Osama Emam says he has been able to familiarise himself with Nigerian cuisines and culture and will be organising some cultural exchange programmes with Nigerians soonest He says Nigeria is a beautiful country with hospitable people who always look forward to pleasing tourists The carnival s content is rich and interesting we will make it here again next year because we are falling in love with Nigerian cuisines he notes Suffice it to say that the carnival has projected Nigeria on the world tourism map as it has been listed as the 4th carnival globally and first in West Africa The carnival is rated 4th globally due to its immense growth over the years says Carnival Calabar Commission Chairman Mr Gabe Onah at the closing ceremony Onah said the whole world now reckons with Calabar carnival as succeeding Cross River governors in the past 15 years have improved on the carnival s content With excitement Onah promised a more robust edition in 2020 just as bikers parade children s carnival and a host of other activities were included the 2019 fiesta The carnival did justice to the theme as both local and international tourists mingled within locals in the ancient city of Calabar with the understanding that we all need to live together peacefully in spite of our differences The carnival exposed Nigerian culture to the world as delegates from over 22 Nigerian states participated in the activities showcasing their unique and beautiful cultures to the world This attracted an unimaginable number of spectators and global television audience who watched the spellbinding performances live on satellite screens Highlight of the carnival includes performances by five bands Bayside Freedom Masta Blasta Passion 4 and Seagull as they engaged the elements of theatre in their performances Winners emerged in the various categories competed for with Calabar Municipality emerged first position in the Local Government Areas category Odukpani came second while Akpabuyo was third Also for the state category Anambra State took first position Lagos State came second while Enugu State came third The most creative and authentic band went to Passion 4 while the best costume design best decorated truck and most improved band of 2019 went to Freedom band International countries that performed at 2019 Calabar Carnival were Ethiopia the U S Ukraine Kenya Brazil Czech Rwanda Indonesia Bangladesh Belize and Botswana Others were Lesotho Lithuania Slovakia Mexico Hungary Gambia Egypt Vietnam Chile France Switzerland Indonesia Mexico and Tanzania Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    Calabar Carnival: Keeping Nigeria atop World tourism map
     A performer at the 2019 Calabar Carnival Calabar Carnival Keeping Nigeria top on World tourism map By Taiye Olayemi Nigeria News Agency Calabar Carnival festival in Nigeria also tagged Africa s Biggest Street Party was created in 2004 as part of the vision of making Cross River State and Nigeria the number one tourists destination for Nigerians and visitors from all over the world The carnival which begins every 1st December and lasts until 31st December has boosted the cultural mosaic of Nigeria people while entertaining millions of spectators within and from around the world through dedicated television channels It was founded by a former Cross River governor Donald Duke who had a vision of making the state a hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigeria and Africa The Carnival presents a perfect platform from brand visibility for consumer and market awareness In the last 15 years Calabar carnival had featured distinct themes and remains one of the best platforms for acquiring education and dissecting cultures across Nigeria and the world Each of these themes has enlightened a good number of revellers across the globe as the 2019 edition of the carnival themed Humanity displayed cultures from 30 countries and 22 states Quite amazing were the performances from Southern African countries of Lesotho and eSwatini formerly Swaziland whose bare breasted ladies not only added colour but amazement for revellers during the carnival The Mexicans blue costumes was said to be symbolic and associated with the body of ocean their country is surrounded with believed to have united the North Americans over the years Lithuanian delegates also had a fascinating performance involving the manipulation of some fireworks while the Kenyans made a unique cultural display which entailed some acrobatics and pole climbing Each of the visiting countries exhibited some aspects of their culture the displays which left revellers with a feeling of awe of God who made each humanity unique in variety of ways Some of the international delegates recounted their experiences and aspects of the carnival that fascinated them Rohey Touray a Gambian says the carnival has exposed him to some aspects of Nigerian culture She adds that the artistic prowess displayed by Nigerian band in communicating the theme of the carnival Humanity was quite astounding According to her the platform gave room for cultural integration while cultures from other foreign countries were also sources of knowledge Nigerians are highly creative the carnival is interesting and we look forward to gracing the 2020 edition I will like to commend the Cross River State Government for its consistency and for gradually improving on the content of the carnival she says Also an Egyptian Mr Osama Emam says he has been able to familiarise himself with Nigerian cuisines and culture and will be organising some cultural exchange programmes with Nigerians soonest He says Nigeria is a beautiful country with hospitable people who always look forward to pleasing tourists The carnival s content is rich and interesting we will make it here again next year because we are falling in love with Nigerian cuisines he notes Suffice it to say that the carnival has projected Nigeria on the world tourism map as it has been listed as the 4th carnival globally and first in West Africa The carnival is rated 4th globally due to its immense growth over the years says Carnival Calabar Commission Chairman Mr Gabe Onah at the closing ceremony Onah said the whole world now reckons with Calabar carnival as succeeding Cross River governors in the past 15 years have improved on the carnival s content With excitement Onah promised a more robust edition in 2020 just as bikers parade children s carnival and a host of other activities were included the 2019 fiesta The carnival did justice to the theme as both local and international tourists mingled within locals in the ancient city of Calabar with the understanding that we all need to live together peacefully in spite of our differences The carnival exposed Nigerian culture to the world as delegates from over 22 Nigerian states participated in the activities showcasing their unique and beautiful cultures to the world This attracted an unimaginable number of spectators and global television audience who watched the spellbinding performances live on satellite screens Highlight of the carnival includes performances by five bands Bayside Freedom Masta Blasta Passion 4 and Seagull as they engaged the elements of theatre in their performances Winners emerged in the various categories competed for with Calabar Municipality emerged first position in the Local Government Areas category Odukpani came second while Akpabuyo was third Also for the state category Anambra State took first position Lagos State came second while Enugu State came third The most creative and authentic band went to Passion 4 while the best costume design best decorated truck and most improved band of 2019 went to Freedom band International countries that performed at 2019 Calabar Carnival were Ethiopia the U S Ukraine Kenya Brazil Czech Rwanda Indonesia Bangladesh Belize and Botswana Others were Lesotho Lithuania Slovakia Mexico Hungary Gambia Egypt Vietnam Chile France Switzerland Indonesia Mexico and Tanzania Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    Calabar Carnival: Keeping Nigeria atop World tourism map
    Features3 years ago

    Calabar Carnival: Keeping Nigeria atop World tourism map

    A performer at the 2019 Calabar Carnival

    Calabar Carnival: Keeping Nigeria top on World tourism map

     

    By Taiye Olayemi, Nigeria News Agency

    Calabar Carnival festival in Nigeria, also tagged “Africa’s Biggest Street Party’’, was created in 2004 as part of the vision of making Cross River State and Nigeria, the number one tourists’ destination for Nigerians and visitors from all over the world.

    The carnival, which begins every 1st December and lasts until 31st December, has boosted the cultural mosaic of Nigeria people, while entertaining millions of spectators within and from around the world through dedicated television channels.

    It was founded by a former Cross River governor, Donald Duke, who had a vision of making the state a hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigeria and Africa.

    The Carnival presents a perfect platform from brand visibility for consumer and market awareness.

    In the last 15 years, Calabar carnival had featured distinct themes and remains one of the best platforms for acquiring education and dissecting cultures across Nigeria and the world.

    Each of these themes has enlightened a good number of revellers across the globe as the 2019 edition of the carnival, themed “Humanity’’, displayed cultures from 30 countries and 22 states.

    Quite amazing were the performances from Southern African countries of Lesotho and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) whose bare-breasted ladies not only added colour but amazement for revellers during the carnival

    The Mexicans’ blue costumes was said to be symbolic and associated with the body of ocean their country is surrounded with, believed to have united the North Americans over the years.

    Lithuanian delegates also had a fascinating performance, involving the manipulation of some fireworks, while the Kenyans made a unique cultural display which entailed some acrobatics and pole climbing.

    Each of the visiting countries exhibited some aspects of their culture, the displays which left revellers with a feeling of awe of God who made each humanity unique in variety of ways.

    Some of the international delegates recounted their experiences and aspects of the carnival that fascinated them.

    Rohey Touray, a Gambian, says the carnival has exposed him to some aspects of Nigerian culture.

    She adds that the artistic prowess displayed by Nigerian band in communicating the theme of the carnival (Humanity) was quite astounding.

    According to her, the platform gave room for cultural integration, while cultures from other foreign countries were also sources of knowledge.

    “Nigerians are highly creative, the carnival is interesting and we look forward to gracing the 2020 edition.

    “I will like to commend the Cross River State Government for its consistency and for gradually improving on the content of the carnival,’’ she says.

    Also, an Egyptian, Mr Osama Emam, says he has been able to familiarise himself with Nigerian cuisines and culture and will be organising some cultural exchange programmes with Nigerians soonest.

    He says Nigeria is a beautiful country with hospitable people who always look forward to pleasing tourists.

    “The carnival’s content is rich and interesting, we will make it here again next year because we are falling in love with Nigerian cuisines,’’ he notes.

    Suffice it to say that the carnival has projected Nigeria on the world tourism map as it has been listed as the 4th carnival globally and first in West Africa.

    “The carnival is rated 4th globally due to its immense growth over the years,’’ says Carnival Calabar Commission Chairman, Mr Gabe Onah, at the closing ceremony.

    Onah said the whole world now reckons with Calabar carnival as succeeding Cross River governors in the past 15 years have improved on the carnival’s content.

    With excitement, Onah promised a more robust edition in 2020, just as bikers’ parade, children’s carnival and a host of other activities were included the 2019 fiesta.

    The carnival did justice to the theme as both local and international tourists mingled within locals in the ancient city of Calabar with the understanding that we all need to live together peacefully in spite of our differences.

    The carnival exposed Nigerian culture to the world as delegates from over 22 Nigerian states participated in the activities, showcasing their unique and beautiful cultures to the world.

    This attracted an unimaginable number of spectators and global television audience who watched the spellbinding performances live on satellite screens.

    Highlight of the carnival includes performances by five bands – Bayside, Freedom, Masta Blasta, Passion 4 and Seagull – as they engaged the elements of theatre in their performances.

    Winners emerged in the various categories competed for with Calabar Municipality emerged first position in the Local Government Areas category, Odukpani came second, while Akpabuyo was third.

    Also for the state category, Anambra State took first position, Lagos State came second, while Enugu State came third.

    The most creative and authentic band went to Passion 4 while the best costume design, best decorated truck and most improved band of 2019 went to Freedom band.

    International countries that performed at 2019 Calabar Carnival were Ethiopia, the U.S., Ukraine, Kenya, Brazil, Czech, Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Belize and Botswana.

    Others were Lesotho, Lithuania, Slovakia, Mexico, Hungary, Gambia, Egypt, Vietnam, Chile, France, Switzerland, Indonesia, Mexico and Tanzania.

    Edited by: Wale Ojetimi

  •   Mr Gabe Onah Chairman Carnival Calabar Commission on Monday said that the carnival had been listed 4th amongst carnivals across the globe Onah discolsed this late on Sunday night during the International Carnival Calabar session held at UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar Cross Rivers He said that the commission received a documentation to that effect recently adding that this attested to the fact that the carnival had gained huge momentum and recognition over the years Four weeks ago we received documentation as carnival Calabar was being listed as number four carnival among carnivals across the world This is a remarkable success for us because this has translated to the fact that it is the first carnival in the whole of West Africa he said Onah attributed the successes recorded so far to Gov Ben Ayade s contributions to the improvement of the carnival since he emerged the Governor He said Ayade had renewed the carnival s patent to a registered trade mark According to him the governor also introduces other programmes into the carnival to engage the public like the bikers parade children carnival and more We appreciate the Governor of the state for impacting positively on the carnival through his brilliant innovative ideas he said The Chairman of the commission announced Passion Four and Freedom Band the joint winners of 2019 Carnival Calabar as first position Seagull band 2nd while Bayside band and Master blaster emerged 3rd and 4th respectively He said for the Local Government Areas category Calabar Municipality Local Government Area came first position Odukpani Local Government emerged 2nd while Akpabuyo took third For the state category Anambra state took first position Lagos State came 2nd while Enugu state took the third position The most creative and authentic band goes to Passion 4 The most improved band of the year goes to Freedom band while Passion 4 gets the most creative and authentic band likewise the best costume design and best decorated truck Edited by Abdullahi Mohammed Dada Ahmed NAN
    Carnival Calabar rated 4th globally- Gabe Onah
      Mr Gabe Onah Chairman Carnival Calabar Commission on Monday said that the carnival had been listed 4th amongst carnivals across the globe Onah discolsed this late on Sunday night during the International Carnival Calabar session held at UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar Cross Rivers He said that the commission received a documentation to that effect recently adding that this attested to the fact that the carnival had gained huge momentum and recognition over the years Four weeks ago we received documentation as carnival Calabar was being listed as number four carnival among carnivals across the world This is a remarkable success for us because this has translated to the fact that it is the first carnival in the whole of West Africa he said Onah attributed the successes recorded so far to Gov Ben Ayade s contributions to the improvement of the carnival since he emerged the Governor He said Ayade had renewed the carnival s patent to a registered trade mark According to him the governor also introduces other programmes into the carnival to engage the public like the bikers parade children carnival and more We appreciate the Governor of the state for impacting positively on the carnival through his brilliant innovative ideas he said The Chairman of the commission announced Passion Four and Freedom Band the joint winners of 2019 Carnival Calabar as first position Seagull band 2nd while Bayside band and Master blaster emerged 3rd and 4th respectively He said for the Local Government Areas category Calabar Municipality Local Government Area came first position Odukpani Local Government emerged 2nd while Akpabuyo took third For the state category Anambra state took first position Lagos State came 2nd while Enugu state took the third position The most creative and authentic band goes to Passion 4 The most improved band of the year goes to Freedom band while Passion 4 gets the most creative and authentic band likewise the best costume design and best decorated truck Edited by Abdullahi Mohammed Dada Ahmed NAN
    Carnival Calabar rated 4th globally- Gabe Onah
    Tourism3 years ago

    Carnival Calabar rated 4th globally- Gabe Onah

    Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman, Carnival Calabar Commission on Monday said that the carnival had been listed 4th amongst carnivals across the globe.

    Onah discolsed this late on Sunday night during the International Carnival Calabar session held at UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Cross Rivers.

    He said that the commission received a documentation to that effect recently, adding that this attested to the fact that, the carnival had gained huge momentum and recognition over the years.

    “Four weeks ago, we received documentation as carnival Calabar was being listed as number four carnival among carnivals across the world.

    “This is a remarkable success for us because this has translated to the fact that it is the first carnival in the whole of West Africa,” he said.

    Onah attributed the successes recorded so far to Gov. Ben Ayade’s contributions to the improvement of the carnival since he emerged the Governor.

    He said Ayade had renewed the carnival’s patent to a registered trade mark.

    According to him, the governor also introduces other programmes into the carnival to engage the public like the bikers parade, children carnival and more.

    “We appreciate the Governor of the state for impacting positively on the carnival through his brilliant innovative ideas,” he said.

    The Chairman of the commission, announced Passion Four and Freedom Band, the joint winners of 2019 Carnival Calabar, as first position, Seagull band 2nd, while Bayside band and Master blaster emerged 3rd and 4th respectively.

    He said for the Local Government Areas category, Calabar Municipality Local Government Area came first position, Odukpani Local Government emerged 2nd while Akpabuyo took third.

    “For the state category, Anambra state took first position, Lagos State came 2nd while Enugu state took the third position.

    “The most creative and authentic band goes to Passion 4,

    “The most improved band of the year goes to Freedom band while Passion 4 gets the most creative and authentic band, likewise the best costume design- and best decorated truck.”

    Edited by: Abdullahi Mohammed/Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •   Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River on Saturday said that Humanity was the greatest religion on earth because it preaches love kindness and unity Ayade stated this during the kick off of the grand finale of the 2019 Calabar Carnival which has the theme Humanity As we leave here today if we don t learn anything let us learn that humanity is the greatest religion With humanity you don t need your Bible or Qur an because with it you will show love to your fellow men that needs your love Whether you are rich poor tall short black or white humanity does not know the difference because it breaks all barriers he said He added that as everyone came to enjoy the dance and glamour of the carnival they should bear in mind that man has to change the way he lives for a better world When God created man he created him to be equal and peaceful but in the course of man s existence in the world he has become animalistic I speak with a lot of agony melancholy frustration and pain because when God created mankind he created us in his own image he created man for the beauty of the world He gave his only begotten son to die for us but in the course of man s habitation on earth man has deviated completely Man has gradually become more animalistic and animals have become more human he said Participants at the Calabar carnival Speaking earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the Carnival was all about humanity love and kindness Onah said that Calabar Carnival has become a true platform for cultural diplomacy and a way of changing lives through cultural performances and display According to him the carnival has become a village where communities states and other countries come together during the Christmas season for fun tourism and cultural display Nigeria News Agency reports that the participating bands were dressed in their colourful costumes as they dance round the 12 kilometres Carnival routes NAN also reports that security personnel from the Police Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps Nigeria Immigration Service and others provided security for all the participants Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Carnival: Humanity is the greatest religion on earth, says Gov. Ayade
      Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River on Saturday said that Humanity was the greatest religion on earth because it preaches love kindness and unity Ayade stated this during the kick off of the grand finale of the 2019 Calabar Carnival which has the theme Humanity As we leave here today if we don t learn anything let us learn that humanity is the greatest religion With humanity you don t need your Bible or Qur an because with it you will show love to your fellow men that needs your love Whether you are rich poor tall short black or white humanity does not know the difference because it breaks all barriers he said He added that as everyone came to enjoy the dance and glamour of the carnival they should bear in mind that man has to change the way he lives for a better world When God created man he created him to be equal and peaceful but in the course of man s existence in the world he has become animalistic I speak with a lot of agony melancholy frustration and pain because when God created mankind he created us in his own image he created man for the beauty of the world He gave his only begotten son to die for us but in the course of man s habitation on earth man has deviated completely Man has gradually become more animalistic and animals have become more human he said Participants at the Calabar carnival Speaking earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the Carnival was all about humanity love and kindness Onah said that Calabar Carnival has become a true platform for cultural diplomacy and a way of changing lives through cultural performances and display According to him the carnival has become a village where communities states and other countries come together during the Christmas season for fun tourism and cultural display Nigeria News Agency reports that the participating bands were dressed in their colourful costumes as they dance round the 12 kilometres Carnival routes NAN also reports that security personnel from the Police Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps Nigeria Immigration Service and others provided security for all the participants Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Carnival: Humanity is the greatest religion on earth, says Gov. Ayade
    Entertainment3 years ago

    Carnival: Humanity is the greatest religion on earth, says Gov. Ayade

    Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River on Saturday said that Humanity was the greatest religion on earth because it preaches love, kindness and unity.

    Ayade stated this during the kick off of the grand finale of the 2019 Calabar Carnival which has the theme “Humanity”.

    “As we leave here today, if we don’t learn anything let us learn that humanity is the greatest religion.

    “With humanity, you don’t need your Bible or Qur’an because with it you will show love to your fellow men that needs your love.

    “Whether you are rich, poor, tall, short, black or white; humanity does not know the difference because it breaks all barriers,” he said.

    He added that as everyone came to enjoy the dance and glamour of the carnival, they should bear in mind that man has to change the way he lives for a better world.

    “When God created man, he created him to be equal and peaceful but in the course of man’s existence in the world, he has become animalistic.

    “I speak with a lot of agony, melancholy, frustration and pain because when God created mankind, he created us in his own image; he created man for the beauty of the world.  

    “He gave his only begotten son to die for us, but in the course of man’s habitation on earth, man has deviated completely. Man has gradually become more animalistic and animals have become more human,” he said.

    Participants at the Calabar carnival

    Speaking earlier, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, said the Carnival was all about humanity, love and kindness.

    Onah said that Calabar Carnival has become a true platform for cultural diplomacy and a way of changing lives through cultural performances and display.

    According to him, the carnival has become a village where communities, states and other countries come together during the Christmas season for fun, tourism and cultural display.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the participating bands were dressed in their colourful costumes as they dance round the 12 kilometres Carnival routes.

    NAN also reports that security personnel from the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service and others provided security for all the participants.

    Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •   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 Speaking at the flag off of the event Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the event was designed to promote Nigeria s tourism and cultural potentials Onah 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 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 He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points Earlier while flagging off the event Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme Humanity that Gov Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 
      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 Speaking at the flag off of the event Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said the event was designed to promote Nigeria s tourism and cultural potentials Onah 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 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 He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points Earlier while flagging off the event Deputy Governor of the state Prof Ivara Esu welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme Humanity that Gov Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 
    General news3 years ago

    22 states, 15 LGAs participate in Calabar cultural carnival 

    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.

    Speaking at the flag off of the event, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, said the event was designed to promote Nigeria’s tourism and cultural potentials.

    Onah 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 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.

    He added that the street dance for the cultural carnival would be for 6 kilometres with 3 adjudication points.

    Earlier, while flagging off the event, Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Ivara Esu, welcomed all the participants and tourists into the city of Calabar for the festival.

    Esu said that the Carnival would be used to showcase the rich heritage of the people of Nigeria in different forms.

    He stressed that it was in the importance of the Carnival theme “Humanity” that Gov. Ben Ayade created the Ministry of Humanity and Social Welfare.

    Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)

  •  Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission has described the annual Calabar festival as the number one tourism and entertainment hub in Africa Onah who made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Calabar said that the festival has become the largest street party in Africa He attributed this to the carnivals wide acceptance and participation from African and global countries He said that the carnival has promoted the unity and pride of Africa through the interpretation of various carnival themes over the years According to him the carnival usually record over 50 000 revelers dancing and performing acrobatic displays along the streets of Calabar He added that the festival also has a dedicated day for International Carnival where the foreign artists and celebrities occupy the streets of Calabar Calabar carnival is on course there is a wide acceptability by the private sector the stakeholders and the public service We have been blessed with strong political will and leadership by the past governors since inception It is this great leadership that has sustained this huge platform which becomes the true template to measure art festival in Africa because the carnival has become Africa number one tourism hub Further than unity it brings pride it brings about the preservation of our beliefs and culture We still need huge federal government backing to drive our festival forward The Minister of Information and Culture was here in 2017 to inspect mass camps I believe that any moment from now we are going to see the outcome of this visit which should be in terms of partnership and support Calabar carnival is the pride of African heritage It goes beyond the shores of Africa If you look at the themes we have played over the years and the current 2018 theme which is Africanism we try as much as possible to carry everybody along he said On the musical part Onah told NAN that the festival has become the platform from which musical artists rate themselves saying that such exposure is bringing the African Diaspora under one umbrella This year we are introducing into the carnival the National Festival of Poetry the Fusion of Music and Art and also introducing the diaspora experience through cuisines The structures of the bands are run like a private sector concern because the success of the carnival has been largely felt through the competing and non competing bands The theme of the current year is to see how Africans can tell their own story from their own perspective from pessimism to optimism and I believe there is so much for us to show and take pride in as African We cannot continue to be the continent left to be plundered by those who believe there know more than us We must find our way History has told us that the black man was behind most of the inventions in the world he said
    Calabar carnival is Africa’s number one tourism hub–Onah
     Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission has described the annual Calabar festival as the number one tourism and entertainment hub in Africa Onah who made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Calabar said that the festival has become the largest street party in Africa He attributed this to the carnivals wide acceptance and participation from African and global countries He said that the carnival has promoted the unity and pride of Africa through the interpretation of various carnival themes over the years According to him the carnival usually record over 50 000 revelers dancing and performing acrobatic displays along the streets of Calabar He added that the festival also has a dedicated day for International Carnival where the foreign artists and celebrities occupy the streets of Calabar Calabar carnival is on course there is a wide acceptability by the private sector the stakeholders and the public service We have been blessed with strong political will and leadership by the past governors since inception It is this great leadership that has sustained this huge platform which becomes the true template to measure art festival in Africa because the carnival has become Africa number one tourism hub Further than unity it brings pride it brings about the preservation of our beliefs and culture We still need huge federal government backing to drive our festival forward The Minister of Information and Culture was here in 2017 to inspect mass camps I believe that any moment from now we are going to see the outcome of this visit which should be in terms of partnership and support Calabar carnival is the pride of African heritage It goes beyond the shores of Africa If you look at the themes we have played over the years and the current 2018 theme which is Africanism we try as much as possible to carry everybody along he said On the musical part Onah told NAN that the festival has become the platform from which musical artists rate themselves saying that such exposure is bringing the African Diaspora under one umbrella This year we are introducing into the carnival the National Festival of Poetry the Fusion of Music and Art and also introducing the diaspora experience through cuisines The structures of the bands are run like a private sector concern because the success of the carnival has been largely felt through the competing and non competing bands The theme of the current year is to see how Africans can tell their own story from their own perspective from pessimism to optimism and I believe there is so much for us to show and take pride in as African We cannot continue to be the continent left to be plundered by those who believe there know more than us We must find our way History has told us that the black man was behind most of the inventions in the world he said
    Calabar carnival is Africa’s number one tourism hub–Onah
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    Calabar carnival is Africa’s number one tourism hub–Onah

    Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, has described the annual Calabar festival as the number one tourism and entertainment hub in Africa.

    Onah, who made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Calabar, said that the festival has become the largest street party in Africa.

    He attributed this to the carnivals’ wide acceptance and participation from African and global countries.

    He said that the carnival has promoted the unity and pride of Africa through the interpretation of various carnival themes over the years.

    According to him, the carnival usually record over 50,000 revelers dancing and performing acrobatic displays along the streets of Calabar.

    He added that the festival also has a dedicated day for International Carnival’ where the foreign artists and celebrities occupy the streets of Calabar.

    “Calabar carnival is on course, there is a wide acceptability by the private sector, the stakeholders and the public service. We have been blessed with strong political will and leadership by the past governors since inception.

    “It is this great leadership that has sustained this huge platform which becomes the true template to measure art festival in Africa because the carnival has become Africa number one tourism hub.

    “Further than unity, it brings pride; it brings about the preservation of our beliefs and culture. We still need huge federal government backing to drive our festival forward.

    “The Minister of Information and Culture was here in 2017 to inspect mass camps; I believe that any moment from now, we are going to see the outcome of this visit which should be in terms of partnership and support.

    “Calabar carnival is the pride of African heritage. It goes beyond the shores of Africa. If you look at the themes we have played over the years and the current 2018 theme which is Africanism, we try as much as possible to carry everybody along,’’ he said.

    On the musical part, Onah told NAN that the festival has become the platform from which musical artists rate themselves, saying that such exposure is bringing the African Diaspora under one umbrella.

    “This year, we are introducing into the carnival the National Festival of Poetry, the Fusion of Music and Art and also introducing the diaspora experience through cuisines.

    “The structures of the bands are run like a private sector concern because the success of the carnival has been largely felt through the competing and non-competing bands.

    “The theme of the current year is to see how Africans can tell their own story from their own perspective; from pessimism to optimism and I believe there is so much for us to show and take pride in as African.

    “We cannot continue to be the continent left to be plundered by those who believe there know more than us. We must find our way.

    “History has told us that the black man was behind most of the inventions in the world,’’ he said.

  •  Some Port Harcourt based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry The reggae Icon known for his popular hit singles Under Pressure Rat Race and We no Want among others was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U S but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died A Port Harcourt based reggae fan and entertainer Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life People all over the world can testify to this He was a reservoir of knowledge I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes he said Another reggae fan Chuks Akasi who described the late Ras Kimo as a musician of rare breed said that his demise was a blow to the industry Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this he still had a lot to offer I know the industry will miss him greatly he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery he was a gem he said NAN reports that Ras Kimono originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah has described as painful the death of the popular reggae star Ras Kimono who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians Oh My God this is sad news Ras Kimono was a legend in his area he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society May his peerless soul rest in peace we will miss him Onah said Also reacting to his dearth Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria Bisong who said he is a lover of reggae music added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono One of his albums Under Pressure was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989 May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost he said Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness Edited by Dianabasi Effiong Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge
     Some Port Harcourt based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry The reggae Icon known for his popular hit singles Under Pressure Rat Race and We no Want among others was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U S but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died A Port Harcourt based reggae fan and entertainer Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life People all over the world can testify to this He was a reservoir of knowledge I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes he said Another reggae fan Chuks Akasi who described the late Ras Kimo as a musician of rare breed said that his demise was a blow to the industry Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this he still had a lot to offer I know the industry will miss him greatly he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery he was a gem he said NAN reports that Ras Kimono originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Mr Gabe Onah has described as painful the death of the popular reggae star Ras Kimono who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians Oh My God this is sad news Ras Kimono was a legend in his area he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society May his peerless soul rest in peace we will miss him Onah said Also reacting to his dearth Mr Hilary Bisong a member of the Cross River House of Assembly said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria Bisong who said he is a lover of reggae music added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono One of his albums Under Pressure was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989 May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost he said Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness Edited by Dianabasi Effiong Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge
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    Reggae fans describe late Ras Kimono as model, reservoir of knowledge

    Some Port Harcourt-based reggae music enthusiasts have described the death of reggae star, Ras Kimono as a huge loss to the music industry.

    The reggae Icon, known for his popular hit singles `Under Pressure’, `Rat Race’, and `We no Want’ among others, was reported dead on Sunday in Lagos.

    Reports say he was scheduled to travel for medical treatment in the U.S. but complained sick and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos where he died.

    A Port Harcourt-based reggae fan and entertainer, Eugene Abels said the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock.

    “Kimono was ebullient and lived the reggae genre in every aspect of his life. People all over the world can testify to this.

    “He was a reservoir of knowledge, I make bold to say that his pool of work remains a gold mine for upcoming artistes,’’ he said.

    Another reggae fan, Chuks Akasi, who described the late Ras Kimo as `a musician of rare breed’, said that his demise was a blow to the industry.

    “Many upcoming reggae artistes would have learnt a lot from him if he had lived longer than this; he still had a lot to offer.

    “ I know the industry will miss him greatly, he combined elegance and boldness in his delivery, he was a gem,’’ he said.

    NAN reports that Ras Kimono, originally called Ukeleke Onwubuya dwelt more on social change and colonialism in his style of music that intermingled Jamaican and African native influence.

    The Calabar Carnival commission as well as lawmaker in Cross River also mourn late Ras Kimono.

    The Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, has described as `painful’ the death of the popular reggae star, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday May 10 after a brief illness.

    Onah told NAN in Calabar that Ras Kimono was a legend of his kind who boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival with his place among Rastafarians.

    “Oh My God, this is sad news. Ras Kimono was a legend in his area; he boosted the impetus of the Calabar carnival and festival with his place among Rastafarians.

    “I remember the pivotal role he played during the carnival reggae nights.

    “ He has a good number of fans across Africa and the globe and his message of hope was quite appealing to a cross spectrum of the society.

    “May his peerless soul rest in peace; we will miss him’’, Onah said.

    Also reacting to his dearth, Mr Hilary Bisong, a member of the Cross River House of Assembly, said that Ras Kimono redefined the face of reggae music in Nigeria.

    Bisong, who said he is a lover of reggae music, added that the dead of Ras Kimono came as a shock to him and his numerous fans.

    “We have a lost a rare reggae star in the person of Ras Kimono. One of his albums, `Under Pressure’ was a hit of the town when it was released in 1989.

    “May God give the family the strength to bear this irreparable lost’’, he said.

    Ras Kimono was born in 1958 in Delta state; he died on June 10 in Lagos after a brief illness.

    Edited by: Dianabasi Effiong/Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)

  •  Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on young Africans to shun illegal migration through the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea to Europe in search of greener pastures Ayade made the call on Thursday in Calabar at the grand finale of the 2017 Calabar carnival which has the theme Migration Ayade who was colourfully dressed in a blue army camouflage said it was time for youths across Africa to rise up to the challenge of contributing to the development of their countries rather than taking the risk of illegal migration He said that the choice of the theme Migration was to end illegal migration by creating awareness on the dangers of engaging in such act through difficult routes According to him no country on earth is greener than Nigeria adding that it is time for youths to engage in meaningful productive activities Today in Calabar we have people from the United States Germany Mexico Sweden and others celebrating with us in this carnival we want to tell them that Africa is so rich Sometimes we begin to wonder why we have young Africans going through Morocco Mediterranean Sea Sahara desert and all the difficult routes to find themselves in Libya and being used as slaves and as sub human beings Today we are here to tell a story in form of a drama and procession a story of migration the problem of Africa Our young men and women take risk through perilous roads finding themselves in Europe and America in search of greener pasture Today s carnival is to tell the world that Africa is the richest continent Africa is blessed we have everything and we have no reason as a young man or woman struggling to leave African continent We are telling this story of pain melancholy and frustration that indeed the best place you can be is Africa he said He further said that those in leadership position had a responsibility to reverse the trend adding that the five carnival bands were designed to tell the story of migration to the world from the African perspective Earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said that the programme the largest street party in Africa had come to stay Onah said that the carnival was growing bigger and better with innovations added to it yearly NAN reports that the five carnival bands will dance round the 12 kilometre carnival routes on major streets in the metropolis
    Calabar carnival: Gov. Ayade urges young Africans to stop illegal migration to Europe
     Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on young Africans to shun illegal migration through the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea to Europe in search of greener pastures Ayade made the call on Thursday in Calabar at the grand finale of the 2017 Calabar carnival which has the theme Migration Ayade who was colourfully dressed in a blue army camouflage said it was time for youths across Africa to rise up to the challenge of contributing to the development of their countries rather than taking the risk of illegal migration He said that the choice of the theme Migration was to end illegal migration by creating awareness on the dangers of engaging in such act through difficult routes According to him no country on earth is greener than Nigeria adding that it is time for youths to engage in meaningful productive activities Today in Calabar we have people from the United States Germany Mexico Sweden and others celebrating with us in this carnival we want to tell them that Africa is so rich Sometimes we begin to wonder why we have young Africans going through Morocco Mediterranean Sea Sahara desert and all the difficult routes to find themselves in Libya and being used as slaves and as sub human beings Today we are here to tell a story in form of a drama and procession a story of migration the problem of Africa Our young men and women take risk through perilous roads finding themselves in Europe and America in search of greener pasture Today s carnival is to tell the world that Africa is the richest continent Africa is blessed we have everything and we have no reason as a young man or woman struggling to leave African continent We are telling this story of pain melancholy and frustration that indeed the best place you can be is Africa he said He further said that those in leadership position had a responsibility to reverse the trend adding that the five carnival bands were designed to tell the story of migration to the world from the African perspective Earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said that the programme the largest street party in Africa had come to stay Onah said that the carnival was growing bigger and better with innovations added to it yearly NAN reports that the five carnival bands will dance round the 12 kilometre carnival routes on major streets in the metropolis
    Calabar carnival: Gov. Ayade urges young Africans to stop illegal migration to Europe
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    Calabar carnival: Gov. Ayade urges young Africans to stop illegal migration to Europe

    Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on young Africans to shun illegal migration through the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea to Europe in search of greener pastures.

    Ayade made the call on Thursday in Calabar at the grand finale of the 2017 Calabar carnival which has the theme “Migration’’.

    Ayade, who was colourfully dressed in a blue army camouflage, said it was time for youths across Africa to rise up to the challenge of contributing to the development of their countries rather than taking the risk of illegal migration.

    He said that the choice of the theme `Migration’ was to end illegal migration by creating awareness on the dangers of engaging in such act through difficult routes.

    According to him, no country on earth is greener than Nigeria, adding that it is time for youths to engage in meaningful productive activities.

    “Today in Calabar, we have people from the United States, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and others celebrating with us in this carnival; we want to tell them that Africa is so rich .

    “Sometimes we begin to wonder why we have young Africans going through Morocco, Mediterranean Sea, Sahara desert and all the difficult routes to find themselves in Libya and being used as slaves and as sub-human beings.

    “Today, we are here to tell a story in form of a drama and procession, a story of migration, the problem of Africa.

    “Our young men and women take risk through perilous roads finding themselves in Europe and America in search of greener pasture.

    “Today’s carnival is to tell the world that Africa is the richest continent. Africa is blessed, we have everything; and we have no reason, as a young man or woman struggling, to leave African continent.

    “We are telling this story of pain, melancholy and frustration that indeed, the best place you can be is Africa’’, he said.

    He further said that those in leadership position had a responsibility to reverse the trend, adding that the five carnival bands were designed to tell the story of migration to the world from the African perspective.

    Earlier, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, said that the programme, the largest street party in Africa, had come to stay.

    Onah said that the carnival was growing bigger and better with innovations added to it yearly.

    NAN reports that the five carnival bands will dance round the 12-kilometre carnival routes on major streets in the metropolis.

  •  No fewer than 26 states will be participating in the 2017 Calabar carnival scheduled to begin on Tuesday Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of the Carnival Commission has said Onah who disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar during the Technical Recce inspection of the carnival routes and the special booths also said a 30 man horse crew from the Estu Nupe will participate in the carnival According to him the participating states and local governments will showcase their rich cultural content and what they have to offer to the world The 2017 cultural carnival will feature 26 states and all the 18 local government areas in Cross River The essence is to allow the people showcase their rich cultural content to the world Culture itself is dynamic and what we have done over the years through training is to develop art and craft and taking them to the next level We are satisfied with the Technical Team the Very Important Persons booth at target by Mary Slessor is 80 per cent ready and the booth at the High Quality by Marian Road is as good as ready too Worthy of note also is the road rehabilitation programme for smooth dancing and movement of the tourists he said He further said that the content of Calabar carnival had remained cultural adding that the 2017 theme Migration was global and unique The Chairman said that the carnival had provided a unique job opportunity for unemployed youths to be gainfully engaged in the production of arts and crafts and other fabric used in the carnival He said that no fewer than two million tourists from Nigeria and abroad are expected in the state to witness the largest street carnival in Africa He assured all those visiting the state for the carnival of adequate security had been put in place to ensure a hitch free carnival celebration Edited by Dorcas Jonah Sadiya Hamza NAN
    No fewer than 26 states to participate in Calabar cultural carnival, says official
     No fewer than 26 states will be participating in the 2017 Calabar carnival scheduled to begin on Tuesday Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of the Carnival Commission has said Onah who disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar during the Technical Recce inspection of the carnival routes and the special booths also said a 30 man horse crew from the Estu Nupe will participate in the carnival According to him the participating states and local governments will showcase their rich cultural content and what they have to offer to the world The 2017 cultural carnival will feature 26 states and all the 18 local government areas in Cross River The essence is to allow the people showcase their rich cultural content to the world Culture itself is dynamic and what we have done over the years through training is to develop art and craft and taking them to the next level We are satisfied with the Technical Team the Very Important Persons booth at target by Mary Slessor is 80 per cent ready and the booth at the High Quality by Marian Road is as good as ready too Worthy of note also is the road rehabilitation programme for smooth dancing and movement of the tourists he said He further said that the content of Calabar carnival had remained cultural adding that the 2017 theme Migration was global and unique The Chairman said that the carnival had provided a unique job opportunity for unemployed youths to be gainfully engaged in the production of arts and crafts and other fabric used in the carnival He said that no fewer than two million tourists from Nigeria and abroad are expected in the state to witness the largest street carnival in Africa He assured all those visiting the state for the carnival of adequate security had been put in place to ensure a hitch free carnival celebration Edited by Dorcas Jonah Sadiya Hamza NAN
    No fewer than 26 states to participate in Calabar cultural carnival, says official
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    No fewer than 26 states to participate in Calabar cultural carnival, says official

    No fewer than 26 states will be participating in the 2017 Calabar carnival, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Carnival Commission has said.

    Onah who disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar during the `Technical Recce’ inspection of the carnival routes and the special booths, also said a 30-man horse crew from the Estu Nupe, will participate in the carnival.

    According to him, the participating states and local governments will showcase their rich cultural content and what they have to offer to the world.

    “The 2017 cultural carnival will feature 26 states and all the 18 local government areas in Cross River. The essence is to allow the people showcase their rich cultural content to the world.

    “Culture itself is dynamic, and what we have done over the years through training is to develop art and craft and taking them to the next level.

    “We are satisfied with the Technical Team, the Very Important Persons booth at target by Mary Slessor is 80 per cent ready and the booth at the High Quality by Marian Road is as good as ready too.

    “Worthy of note also is the road rehabilitation programme for smooth dancing and movement of the tourists’’, he said.

    He further said that the content of Calabar carnival had remained cultural, adding that the 2017 theme `Migration’ was global and unique.

    The Chairman said that the carnival had provided a unique job opportunity for unemployed youths to be gainfully engaged in the production of arts and crafts and other fabric used in the carnival.

    He said that no fewer than two million tourists from Nigeria and abroad are expected in the state to witness the “largest street carnival” in Africa.

    He assured all those visiting the state for the carnival of adequate security had been put in place to ensure a hitch free carnival celebration.

    Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River has cautioned intending African migrants in search of greener pasture abroad of the risk involved Ayade made the call on Sunday in Calabar during the inauguration of the 2017 second Carnival dry run ahead of the December event with the theme Migration According to Ayade the theme of the carnival was chosen in view of the plights of Africans who migrate out of Africa in search of greener pastures food and help Not too long we lost about 20 Nigerians who died in the Mediterranean Sea while crossing to Europe in search of greener pasture The excessive migration of young people out of African in search of greener pastures in Europe and America has caused us the death of many young people The Calabar carnival uses that opportunity to expose the risk of such migration Africans must understand that the carnival is not all about the street dance but the interpretation of the theme This theme is very critical I wonder why the entire world will not focus on Calabar this year We are trying to tell the world that Africa is rich enough to be independent and our young men and women will not have to cross to foreign countries at the peril of their own lives in search of alternative sources of income Ayade said The governor said that the activities of the various carnival bands would be focused on the interpretation of the theme in a way of sensitising intending migrants Africa will learn a lesson from this dry run that indeed we are not playing but telling the true story of Africa our heritage culture and values I use this opportunity to invite everyone around the globe to be in the Calabar Carnival which is now the second most popular carnival in the world he said Earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said that the carnival was an annual robust event with diverse activities NAN reports that the participants were beautifully dressed in different attires and adequate security were put in place on all the carnival routes Edited by Abigael Joshua Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    2017 Calabar Carnival: Ayade cautions intending migrants on risk
     Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River has cautioned intending African migrants in search of greener pasture abroad of the risk involved Ayade made the call on Sunday in Calabar during the inauguration of the 2017 second Carnival dry run ahead of the December event with the theme Migration According to Ayade the theme of the carnival was chosen in view of the plights of Africans who migrate out of Africa in search of greener pastures food and help Not too long we lost about 20 Nigerians who died in the Mediterranean Sea while crossing to Europe in search of greener pasture The excessive migration of young people out of African in search of greener pastures in Europe and America has caused us the death of many young people The Calabar carnival uses that opportunity to expose the risk of such migration Africans must understand that the carnival is not all about the street dance but the interpretation of the theme This theme is very critical I wonder why the entire world will not focus on Calabar this year We are trying to tell the world that Africa is rich enough to be independent and our young men and women will not have to cross to foreign countries at the peril of their own lives in search of alternative sources of income Ayade said The governor said that the activities of the various carnival bands would be focused on the interpretation of the theme in a way of sensitising intending migrants Africa will learn a lesson from this dry run that indeed we are not playing but telling the true story of Africa our heritage culture and values I use this opportunity to invite everyone around the globe to be in the Calabar Carnival which is now the second most popular carnival in the world he said Earlier Mr Gabe Onah Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission said that the carnival was an annual robust event with diverse activities NAN reports that the participants were beautifully dressed in different attires and adequate security were put in place on all the carnival routes Edited by Abigael Joshua Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    2017 Calabar Carnival: Ayade cautions intending migrants on risk
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    2017 Calabar Carnival: Ayade cautions intending migrants on risk

    Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has cautioned intending African migrants in search of greener pasture abroad of the risk involved.

    Ayade made the call on Sunday in Calabar during the inauguration of the 2017 second Carnival dry run ahead of the December event with the theme, `Migration’.

    According to Ayade, the theme of the carnival was chosen in view of the plights of Africans who migrate out of Africa in search of greener pastures, food and help.

    “Not too long, we lost about 20 Nigerians who died in the Mediterranean Sea while crossing to Europe in search of greener pasture.

    “The excessive migration of young people out of African in search of greener pastures in Europe and America has caused us the death of many young people.

    “The Calabar carnival uses that opportunity to expose the risk of such migration. Africans must understand that the carnival is not all about the street dance, but the interpretation of the theme.

    “This theme is very critical. I wonder why the entire world will not focus on Calabar this year.

    “ We are trying to tell the world that Africa is rich enough to be independent and our young men and women will not have to cross to foreign countries at the peril of their own lives in search of alternative sources of income,’’ Ayade said.

    The governor said that the activities of the various carnival bands would be focused on the interpretation of the theme in a way of sensitising intending migrants.

    “Africa will learn a lesson from this dry run that indeed we are not playing, but telling the true story of Africa, our heritage, culture and values.

    “I use this opportunity to invite everyone around the globe to be in the Calabar Carnival which is now the second most popular carnival in the world,’’ he said.

    Earlier, Mr Gabe Onah, Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, said that the carnival was an annual robust event with diverse activities.

    NAN reports that the participants were beautifully dressed in different attires and adequate security were put in place on all the carnival routes.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)