Preparations for Carnival Calabar, Africa’s biggest street party kicked off on Sunday with Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade and Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed flagging off the first in a series of dry runs for the year.
Speaking at the Millennium park, Calabar, venue of the flag off which attracted an array of carnival revelers and spectators alike from within and outside the the Federal Government will do all it can to help the state take the carnival to higher heights.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe said: “We are ready to work with you to ensure we take Calabar Carnival from where it is to higher grounds and I want to see all Nigerian made products being promoted through this platform because that is the policy of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.”
According to Mohammed, “let us have some Nigerian fabrics infused into our costumes and I know we will be able to patronise the producers of these products so that they will all be empowered.”
A Facebook user, Francisca Nyong also shared some photos from the First Dry run. She captioned it; I cant express through words, the anger i felt when i saw ords, the anger i felt when i saw these photos, These are some of the photos from the First Dry run In Calabar that was held on Sunday.
Though i stopped being a big fan of the carnival since 2012, when it turned from being a means of boosting the cultural mosaic of Cross River while entertaining the millions of spectators within and outside the State, and also boosting industry for all stakeholders into a platform to Showcase nudity and indecency.
now it has totally gotten out of hand, is this what the carnival is about now? are our kids & younger siblings safe?
See them below;