Cross River State Carnival Commission Promises Spectacular 2023 Carnival Calabar

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Calabar, Nigeria – Mr. Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Cross River State Carnival Commission, has announced the Commission’s unwavering commitment to delivering an extraordinary 2023 Carnival Calabar NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.

This announcement follows the recent unveiling of the carnival’s theme, ‘Season of Sweetness,’ by Governor Bassey Otu during the annual Akwaaba event in Lagos.

Onah expressed his optimism during a meeting with the newly appointed members of the Commission in Calabar. He asserted that this year’s much-anticipated carnival would offer unprecedented content and attractions.

“We want Cross Riverians and indeed all Nigerians to prepare for the dazzling spectacle that Carnival Calabar is renowned for,” Onah proclaimed.

He emphasized that with the theme ‘Season of Sweetness’ and the Commission’s collaboration with the Brazilian Embassy, significant improvements would be made in the quality of costumes, wire bending, and floats in the procession.

“I am particularly pleased because the caliber of individuals around me offers so much potential for the future, given their past achievements. We are confident that with their expertise, nothing less than the best planning and execution will be delivered this year,” Onah assured.

In his efforts to revitalize the Commission, Governor Otu has reintroduced some of the carnival’s signature elements, including the children’s carnival, the night of the Kings and Queens, and the water show (boat regatta). This move signifies a larger and more vibrant carnival in 2023.

Chairman Onah justified the Governor’s actions by stating that, as part of strategies to rejuvenate the sector, more attractive sponsorship opportunities will be offered to those interested in promoting their products and services. Sponsors can expect a truly remarkable show.

“I am delighted to welcome the new, passionate members of the Commission and the executive secretary to the reinvigorated Carnival Commission. We are committed to showcasing Cross River to the world in the grandest way possible,” added Onah.

Commissioner for Tourism, Art, and Culture, Hon. Robert Abubarkar Ewa, also emphasized the upcoming carnival’s uniqueness. He expressed confidence in the Commission’s ability to address challenges and deliver a remarkable event in 2023. Sponsors were assured of a partnership that would leave no room for disappointment.

Evangelist Austin Cobham, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, pledged their determination to present a spectacular show to the world. He noted the reintegration of the essay competition as part of the carnival’s academic component.

Regarding the state of internal roads, especially on the carnival route, the Secretary assured that these roads and street lighting would be improved to meet the carnival’s requirements.

Head of Media, Ms. Grace-Ann Nku, disclosed the introduction of a public-private partnership model for sponsorship. She encouraged prospective sponsors to seize the opportunity to showcase their goods and services during this unique event. Nku emphasized the uniqueness of Carnival Calabar and its significant impact on the community.

The 2023 Carnival Calabar promises to be a celebration like no other, captivating both residents and visitors with its grandeur and cultural richness.