Calabar Carnival Now Africa's Largest Street Party, Kicks Off With Appeal For Peace On Earth
By Iwedi Ojinmah 2 months ago
Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has called on nations of the world to end wars and crisis and embrace peace.
Ayade, who spoke through his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, spoke yesterday in Calabar during the kick-off of the first dry-run of the 2019 Carnival Calabar. According to him, the carnival's theme, ‘Humanity’, was chosen to draw the world’s attention to be humane and to live in peace with one another.
The governor said kindness should rule the mindset of people as peace cannot thrive in hostile environments.
He said: “As we flag off the 2019 Calabar carnival, the theme has been designed to see people as human beings and not robots. We call for an end to wars and crisis all over the globe, irrespective of the religious, tribe or ethnic group. A human being is a human being irrespective of status in society. We should be kind to one another, that is the focus of this year’s carnival, and we hope that the bands will try to interpret the theme in their colourful displays
Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission Gabe Onah said the 2019 edition marks another circle in the annals of the history of Calabar carnival. According to him, before the kickoff, the commission had taken Calabar carnival to Accra, Ghana and other parts of the world. He maintained that the festival has become the largest street party in Africa.
“We have received two foreign embassies that are here to partner us on the business side of the carnival. As we continue to improve on our efforts to create a livelihood for our children and unborn generations, we believe that by the time these embassies continue to showcase and partner with us, they have taken us to the world,” he said.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria, Shammed Ahsan, said he was happy to be invited for the carnival. He described Calabar as an accommodating and friendly city that is most suited to host the carnival which has an international outlook.
The commissioner praised the carnival’s theme, saying irrespective of race, religion, tribe or culture, citizens of all countries were still human beings.
“Humanity should prevail among us as a rallying factor. Bangladesh will be attending the carnival in December for the first time,” he said.