By RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar
Nigerian popular musician, Davido and other top ranking musicians like Flavor, Patoranking have concluded arrangements to storm the Carnival Calabar cultural festival which will soon kick-start to make the 2017 yuletide colourful.
Special Assistant (SA) to Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River State, on Events Management, Kenneth Aklah, disclosed while briefing journalists on activities laid down for kick- off of the carnival event in Calabar yesterday.
Other musicians who will storm the Carnival Calabar festival include, Makafizolo, Timaya, Star plus, 2Face Baba and others who will feature in the music event called, Black Music Festival beginning from December 26 of this year.
Aklah said that artists in the state would also be given an opportunity to showcase their talents in the carnival fiesta which will be broadcast live for about three days.
Ayade’s SA maintained that other popular musicians who will perform at the ceremony include Run Town adding that about 670,000 people will be at the streets of Calabar to participate in the street party which will be organised by government of Cross River State.
Aklah stated that the carnival commission is targeting about 22 to 25 countries who will come to Cross River to participate in one of the largest street parties in the world.
On adequate preparation made to take care of sanitation situation at the carnival village, Aklah stated that a bore hole had been put in place to provide water to ease the sanitation problem which may erupt at the Chrismas village.
“We have gone ahead to sink a borehole to take care of the sanitation problem. We have to do commercialisation in order to give carnival a new thinking”, Aklah stressed.
Also speaking, the Cross River State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Eric Anderson, in his remarks, stated that the Carnival commission had also
concluded arrangement to add some theatrical shows to showcase the
cultural heritage of the people to spice up the carnival festival.
The State Tourism Commissioner, added that personalities like the
Minister for information and Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, would be
at the ceremony to participate in the cultural fiesta.
On Bikers parade, Anderson said that the presence of the bikers in the
ceremony would help in boosting the economy of the state.
“These are very high income earners because once they stay in Calabar for
two to three days, the multiplier effect on the streets of Calabar will be
much” Anderson stressed.
The commissioner, who spoke on the carnival theme, tagged “Migration”,
said that the commission is working with the security agents to beef
up security in the state so that visitors who throng the state
for the festival can be rest assured of their safety.
Anderson called on all indigenes of the state at home and in Diaspora
to visit home and participate in the carnival fiesta.
The commissioner, while trying to explain why organisers of the event
choose migration as a theme for this year’s carnival said, ”The theme
of each reflects on the current issues. We
have used climate change twice because our environment affects us.”