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Ayade commends Uko, seeks FG’s commitment to Calabar Carnival


Gov. Ben Ayade (middle) with Team Spain at the 2015 carnival in Calabar.

The Executive Governor of Cross River State Prof. Ben Ayade has commended the international Consultant to Calabar Carnival Mr. Ikechi Uko of Jedidah Promotions, who also is the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market.

“Ikechi Uko has added huge Value to the Carnival as people are now excited about the international part of the Carnival; we needed to improve and refresh the Carnival. Because of the changing demographics and the need to hold the interest of the younger Generation there is a need to improve on what we have offered as the Carnival for 10 years. People come to the Carnival expecting something new and fresh. This is the reason we add new events every year. This year the Formula K bike race will be the new event and it is going to be exciting.”

Governor Ayade made this known recently, when the team from Abuja and Lagos visited him in the Office after the First Dry Run in Calabar. The team was led by The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism and included Consultants and the former Mrs. Tourism United Nations Mrs Ebelechukwu Enemchukwu.


The Organiser of 48hours in Calabar Mr. Nkereuwem Onung presented a souvenir to the Governor and briefed him on the Ride on the Monorail, which was part of the Tour Package.

Ayade stated that the only way Carnival Calabar can become a strong African event is when the Federal Government begins to show interest by making budgetary provisions for the festival yearly.

“We are a subnational, and running parallel carnivals such as is currently being seen everywhere across the country, does not add value, but the value will come only when the federal government starts supporting us with a vote.”

According to Ayade, “You can imagine if each state were coming as a band and then we have 36 states competing against one another, could you imagine where Africa would have been? The whole world will start seeing our greatness.”

On the Abuja Carnival, Ayade said, “Calabar has made the signature in carnival and tourism and instead of straightening it, you now become a competitor. The scenario can be likened to that of a father fighting his own child. I find it more disturbing the use of the word carnival in the Abuja event, which is in direct conflict with the Carnival Calabar.”


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