Governor Ben Ayade announced at a glamorous unveiling of the 2015 edition of Carnival Calabar theme tagged ‘Climate Change’, that the carnival can only get better with additional activities and restyling of the old ones, revealing that Bikers Day and Disco Fiesta are part of the new offerings this year.
The event which took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos had dignitaries from the Corporate Nigeria, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, actors, actresses and several investors.
One of the people, who praised the governor for taking the Carnival a notch higher, was Chairman of the Carnival Calabar Band Association and leader of the Seagull Band, Senator Florence Ita Giwa.
“When Donald was leaving, we thought that would be the end of the Carnival,” she said. “But when Imoke came in, he took the carnival a notch higher. With time, the carnival also became capital intensive, but despite the challenges, Imoke managed to keep it going. When Professor Ayade came, the same fear was entertained, but with what you are all witnesses to this evening, it is obvious the Carnival can only get better.”
He surprised many when he invited all the Beauty Queens at the event to the stage, and enlisted them automatically as members of a new band called the Governor’s Band. “Irrespective of their states of origin, they represent the beauty, elegance, style and class of the average Cross River youth,” said the governor.
The Cross River helmsman who also announced plans to set up ‘the biggest garment factory’ in Nigeria on December 15, said there is need to localise the production of the costumes used during the event, as a business angle to the festival.
Guests at the event included John Okafor, Waje, Mo Abudu, Patoranking, Blackie, Olu Maintain, Kcee, Enyinna Nwigwe, Elvis Chuks.
See photos from the event below!
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