NIGERIA, the giant of africa has been a victim of negative press and criticisim for a long time now.A lot of people all over the world believe Nigeria has nothing to offer.They are so wrong.
You are about to be blown away by the rich tourist experience Cross River state and Calabar has to offer. View the Gallery
Cross River State and Calabar,it’s capital, is loacted in the south eastern part of Nigeria and is reputed to be the most peaceful and cleanest city in Nigeria.
Even as the state is located near the restive Niger Delta ,there have been no case of kidnapping and other negative vices usually associated with the region.
The Calabar chrismas carnival was created as part of the vision of making the State the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourist all over the world.
The Calabar Carnival has come a long way..it all started 4 years ago when the then governor of Cross River State,Mr Dolald Duke ,had a vision of making his state the hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigerian and in Africa.
Leveraging on the existence of the natural and manmade tourist attraction,his visions has grown and has becomed a reality.
Cross River and Calabar is now the pride of Nigeria or Africa as far as tourism,carnival and hospitality is concerned.
The Calabar carnival is now dubbed -Africa’s biggest street party-this is completely discriptive of the carnival because of level of activities and personalities that usually attend the carnival.
For 4 years running,the Calabar Carnival has been grown bigger and better.
program of activities usually start weeks before the Carnival proper that usually holds from the 27th of December.It usually has 4 bands competing for the converted 1st prize.
Before the carnival proper,programes like choral competitions,boat regatta and more usually hold to wet and prepare the holiday seekers for the STREET PARTY.
Also during the festive period,top musicians in Nigerian and the world usually entertain the people and visitors of Calabar.
Over the last 4 years international artist like,the late LuckyDube,Akon,Fat Joe,Joe,young Jeezy,Nelly,Kirk Franklin,and many more has thrilled the large crowd of calabarians and tourist from Nigeria and tourist from outside the country.
Apart from the carnival,Cross River state boast of a Ranch resort -Obudu Cattle Ranch ,which has the longest cable car in the world and is the venue for the highest paying moutain race prize money in the whole world.