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Nigerian movie stars have indicated their interest in owning a band at the annual Carnival Calabar. This was revealed at a pre-event press conference that took place at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort last weekend.
This is bound to add additional colour to the 2013 edition of the Carnival which will take on a more international flavour with countries such as Brazil, France, Ghana, Rwanda and Egypt indicating they will be sending bands to the Carnival.
Speaking at the interactive session, Governor Liyel Imoke explained that Carnival Calabar is of tremendous value to Cross River State and Nigeria. “The truth about Nigeria is expressed in Carnival Calabar because it does not discriminate”, the governor explained.
Continuing, he said: “This (Carnival Calabar) is the reflection of Nigeria, the beauty of Nigeria, its uniqueness in design and presentation and like Nollywood, it can change the image of Nigeria.
“There is opportunity for a partnership to grow the Carnival and the private sector especially finance houses need to understand and invest in the creative industry because of its potentials.”
According to him, “The partnership can boost the local economy and promote the Cross River brand.”
The Governor also spoke on the charity content of Carnival Calabar, explaining that the office of his wife, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, handles it through an array of activities. On her part, Mrs. Imoke explained that the 32-Day fiesta is preceded by a six kilometer HIV/AIDS International Day walk meant to create awareness as well as kick against stigmatization.
According to her, there is a series of programmes packaged to raise money for abandoned children, young mothers while the Carnival Calabar Queen is picked as tourism ambassador for the young ones and her responsibility includes visiting schools to advice students against premarital sex.