Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River state, southern Nigeria on Saturday flagged off the grand finale of the 2014 Carnival Calabar, describing it as unique in promoting talents and unity among Nigerians
The Governor, who disclosed this at the 10th anniversary of the carnival, said the festival remained the largest street party in Africa.
Imoke said that apart from promoting talents and creativity, the carnival had united the people of Cross River and other Nigerians.
“We are celebrating 10 years of the carnival, the greatest street party ever; the greatest show in West Africa, this is just the beginning.
“The theme for this year’s carnival is “celebration time“ and we have remain united as one throughout the years.
He commended the efforts of residents of the state and participants for making the 2014 carnival a success.
Mr Gabriel Onah, the Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, said the carnival had continued to grow from strength to strength with new innovations added to it yearly.
“We are celebrating 10 years of Cross River carnival, 10 years of oneness and unity, 10 years in showcasing what we have and what we are and 10 years of our culture and heritage.“
Mr Uriel Palti, the Isreali Ambassador to Nigeria, who participated in the carnival, commended Cross River Government for sustaining the carnival.
Palti, who described the environment of Calabar as “friendly“, said he was in Calabar with his family to participate in the carnival.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three roads, Mary Slessor, IBB round and U.J Esuene stadium, would be used for the 14-kilometre carnival walk.
A spectator, Mr Albert Etim, described the carnival as a street party that united the people.
Ms. Eno Akan, who sells sachet and bottled water, said she had recorded good patronage since the commencement of the carnival.
Akan thanked Cross River Government for sustaining the carnival.
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