ENTERTAINMENT: Commentaries on Calabar Carnival (Children)

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 By Efio-ita Nyok:
If you are not at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, venue for the
street dance of the Children Carnival, I wonder where you are. The children
party began at 5. 45p.m with the entrance of the Passion-4 Band Junior.
Surprising stunts where performed by children. They’re
sectionalised into the Hip Hop and Queen who thrilled the crowd into gaits of
shouts/screems.
The Band is followed by Masta Blasta band who dramatises the
essence of the birth and saving capacity of Jesus Christ. The commentator
explains that this band brings ‘heaven on earth’.

 Afterwards, Bay Side
Band came on board and demonstrated in their sui generic way.
Next is the Freedom Band which has the first section of the
King & Queen who performed before the audience. The next section epitomises
achievement that kids are poised to demonstrate. In the third section
graduation is celebrated. Then ‘children’s day’ is celebrated; ‘times and
season’ is metaphorically celebrated. It is their sub theme. Remember the theme
of the year’s carnival is Celebration Time.

This band is followed by Seagull finally who have seven
sections who decided to go traditional this year by going to their roots the
Efik traditional society by being metaphoric about the Atakpa community. Their
sections have white, glossy yellow and red. Their sub theme is ‘delight’.