Nigeria’s South Southern city of Calabar in the Cross River state was definitely the place to be during the yuletide.
Africa’s biggest street party the Calabar Carnival was the attraction and the city was locked down with thousands of revelers and international guests and groups.
The U. J. Esuene Stadium came alive when the Ghana Carnival Queens defied the stormy weather to place second at the recently held second Carnival Calabar International in Cross River State Capital of Calabar.
The ‘’Chale’’ chanting audience at the stadium with the mention of Ghana stood still enjoying the Steady performance from the Ghana Carnival Queens.
The sultry dressed Ghanaian carnival beauties along with the talented quartet of acrobat rocked the half packed stadium with guests such as the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade and other dignitaries.
The Artistic Director & leader of the Ghana Carnival Queens, Nana Kwame Dadzie speaking to the media after the show said, he was grateful for the Cross River State for twice giving them the opportunity for showcasing Ghana’s version of the carnival there. He added that, the Ghana Carnival Quuens is poised to do more with this feat.
The highly patronized Calabar International carnival brought together 14 countries with Marquee guests & crowd pullers the Tobias Vai Vai Samba Band from Brazil leading the pack with Rwanda ,Burundi, Ethiopia, Spain, Croatia, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Turkey.
The month long celebrations was the 12 th edition of the carnival and was held under the theme, climate change. It was to create awareness of the effects of climate change on the environment. Highlights of the events featured the culture carnival display with the penultimate of the annual event being the Carnival parade/float and the grand arrival international performance at the E.J Eussne Stadium.
The wrap of the very successful carnival Calabar was the green carnival which saw the myriad display of the greenery of our environment and the need to keep our environment clean. Addressing the various groupings, Executive Governor of Cross River State Prof Ben
Ayade said, He said that the carnival, which had gained international recognition over the years had continue to grow bigger, better and bolder.
According to him, the carnival represents the true vitality, unity and harmony that signify the growth of Africa.
“As we have started today, this is the beginning of a new dawn in Africa. Calabar Carnival remains the largest street party in Africa.
“As a government, we will continue to promote and sustain the hospitality and tourism that the state is known for,’’ he said.Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has described the annual Calabar Carnival as the melting pot of Africa’s hospitality.
The International Carnival is a new Introduction by the Executive Governor of Cross River State Professor Ben Ayade last year. It holds on the 29th of December a day after the main Street Party.