Archive for January, 2011

Carnival Calabar 2010:The colours, the dance, the fun!

Posted: January 31, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Passion 4 Princess!


After a rigorous year-long planning, the city of Calabar was overpopulated with spectators and tourists who came from different parts of Nigeria and the globe to Africa’s Carnival Capital for the 2010 version of the Carnival Calabar-Africa’s biggest street party!

Bayside Band Truck-the Lion King!


The event which was billed to commence at 2.00p.pm witnessed spectators trooping in their numbers at 10.00 a.m. to secure a good view point at the carnival route. The five competing bands were tasked with interpreting the 2010 Carnival theme which was “Our Strength and Resilience; the bedrock of our future” through their costumes, choreography and truck decorations.

Senior Kng bayside Band


Senoir Queen Bayside Band


Bayside Band Mineral troupe


Bayside band members


The procession commenced later in the evening with the Bayside Band blazing the trail. Led by Mr John Odey, the band transcribed the festival theme using the Lion as a symbol of strength and resilience through their truck and the King and Queen dressed in costumes symbolizing same. Flaunting their aqua marine colour, members of the band displayed dexterity in their dance skills.

Seagulls Band Senior Queen

Next on the train was the Segulls band with their flamboyant red colour. Led by Sen. Florence Ita- Giwa, the band was able to interpret the Carnival theme using the role of the mother and father as foundations upon which a family is built. It reiterated the gender roles placed on the mother, by decorating the queen’s costume with fruits and other food stuffs, featuring an interesting blend of a traditional mum and a career woman, the queen was stuffed with currencies of different nations connecting the capacities of women as entrepreneurs. The King of Seagulls band was dressed as a fisherman, reminding all of the reverine nature of the state and the physical strength a man possesses and as well his harvesting power as a bread winner of the family.

Senoir King, Seagulls band


Arms of government troupe-Seagulls Band

Seagulls Band leader Sen. Florence Ita Giwa


Passion 4 Band Truck


Passion 4 Senior Queen


Senior King Passion 4 Band


The three time consecutive winner of the Carnival, the Passion 4 band flaunted their green colour at the event, pointing to all the agrarian nature of the state. Their interpretation of the carnival theme was using the family as a bedrock of strength and resilience to all persons, from childhood to adulthood.
Decorating the King’s costume had the one with the firm hand to protect the family members and as well chastise children. The Queen was dressed in a motherly nature with pestle and mortars reiterating the gender role of the woman as the one that feeds the family and a care giver to all and sundry.

The next band on display was the Freedom band who took to display their transcription of the carnival theme using the Eagle as an animal with invaluable strength. The Senior King of the band was depicted as an eagle which is classified as on one of the strongest of birds and the king of the sky. The Queen was dressed as a bearer of love, the motherly love depicting her as the care giver in the home, upon which the husband and children depend on for the survival of the family.

After the freedom band came the Master Blaster band who preferred to identify with Nigeria’s diversity as a bedrock for the country’s strength and resilience. Showcasing the different cultural endowments of some of the major ethnic groups in the country, the band displayed great variety and wealth embedded in the different physical cultures of the Nigerian society.
At the end of the contest, the Passion4 band came tops in the senior catergory as “Band of the year” carting the way the whooping prize of N10 milion Niara while Seagull Band and Master Blaster Band that came second and third,winning N5 million and N3 million respectively.

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Carnival Calabar:Kiddies show thy swag!

Posted: January 21, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Seagulls Band Junior King

The quiet Calabar Botanical garden awoke to the chats and screams of kids on the 26th of December which is globally recognized as Boxing day. But for the kids in Cross River state, this date is as significant if not almost as important as the Children’s day celebration, because it is the one- day they get to exclusively enjoy the Calabar Festival not as spectators but active participants in the state tourism sector via the Children’s Carnival.

Master Blaster Junior Queen


The kids, who came in their numbers accompanied by parents and chaperons, performed the street possession under the umbrella of the five carnival bands comprising Seagulls, Master Blaster, Passion 4 and Freedom as well as the Bayside band.
After a fun- filled 5KM dance party, came the time of judgment which was announced by the Executive Secretary, Carnival Commission, Mrs. Elenda Dokubo, who made known the result of the competition. In third place was the Passion 4 band winning N300,000.00, second place was the Master Blaster with N500.000.00 while the Seagull Band stood tall in first place was the Band of the year (Junior Category) carting away the star prize of One million Naira cash and this excited the kids ridiculously!

Freedom band Junoir King- dancing alanta while reading

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A night with the MoHits Crew!

Posted: January 11, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Calabar festival, Nigeria, Tourism

Dbanj and Wande Coal @ Calabar Rocks Show

The grounds of the U. J Esuene stadium was filled to the brim for the show of Naija’s Most Wanted in the Music industry- the Mohits! The night began with performances from local acts such as Macho Jacko, Halley Sings.

The main acts for the night were Duncan Mighty, Wande Coal, Dr. SID, Dbanj. The first to get on stage was Duncan Mighty, his Port Harcourt boy signature tune was used to introduce him and stage and this got the crowd ridiculously excited! His Obianuju got the ladies dancing and the crowd begging for more.

Next act on stage was Terry G, the Swagger Master and Father of Modern Alanta, he connected his swag with the crowd that energetically danced to his Sango hits. As expected his Alanta styles was that of a Master, his throwaway bits got fans jumping off their chairs

The lights were deemed as Calabar witnessed the emergence of Dr  SID was the first among the MoHits crew to step out on stage, he got the crowd singling along with is Over the moon,  then came Prince with his Omoba, which  intensified the already lighted crowd to dance their worries out!

The next on stage was Wande Coal, with his Who born the maga? introducing him on stage, admist cheers from the excited crowd,he swept the girls off their feet with “every time I see you”,He got the crowd electrified with his Bumper to Bumper, the peak of his moments,was when he sang “allow me to kiss your hand”, this was a baptismal of dance  for all  the girls!

At  exactly, 1.12 a,m Africa’s only Koko Master, the most wanted Dbanj stepped on the stage receing a standing ovation from  the  expansive crowd  who had been waiting patiently for him to quench their thirst. He commenced  his performance with ,am hot and your not, next he added up his prayer song, Elo Maje which got all the kokolettes,  mamalettes, bobolettes and babylettes dancing mercilessly.

Next he sang “Igwe” with his mohits crew Dr SID and Wande Coal. Then he sang fall in love, then he sang scapegoat, and then “Endowed” , “give it to me now” stormed the crowd further electrified with the crowd  further when they sang” pop champagne’ which brought the interesting night to an end!

Wandecoal @Calabar Rocks

The Alanta Master himself @ Calabar Rocks!

Dr SID performing live in Calabar!

Duncan Mighty rendering Ubianuju @Calabar Rocks!

Calabar Festival:Review of Week 5 Events

Posted: January 11, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Shaggy at Calabar Rocks!

Being the last week of the Calabar Festival, the week 5 was a bee hive providing the last opportunity for people to get the fun that comes with the festival. The week was ushered in by the long awaited Carnival Calabar- Africa’s biggest street party,which was billed to commence at 2.p.m the crowd were already gathering at the carnival route as early as 10.a.m. to get a glimpse of the excitement.

The next day was the biggest anticipated act of the Festival’s Calabar Rocks Show, fans troop into the U. J Esuene Stadium as early as 4.pm.m to await the arrival of SHAGGY and watch him step on the Calabar stage. But this night was not all shaggy as we had Nyore, the songstress perform, after which the stage was mounted by Naija’s hottest Twins P-Square who made the crowd loose control in all of their songs, they energetically peformed for one hour 30 minutes and still got the crowd begging for more.

The night drew near and the thigh high, when Shaggy stepped on the stage thrilling fan with all his hit tracks but the most captivating of especially for the ladies, was “Strength of a Woman”

The Destiny Child’s Centre [DCC]  fashion show  aimed at rasing funds to sustain the is a rehabilitation centre was also held in this week and the mother of all the mucsical performances was the MOHHITS night on the 3oth which made  way for  reglious passover night on the 31st  ushering in the year 2011!

 

Julius Agwu at Calabar Rocks

Expectant crowd at Calabar Rocks!

Calabar gets new Carnival Queen!

Posted: January 11, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Adaeze and runners up at the 2010 CCQ

Adaeze Priscilla Aluke, Miss Creek Town contestant of the recently held Calabar Carnival Queen 2010 pageant, has emerged the 2010/2011 winner. Adaeze who hails from Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, beat twenty six other contestants to win the keenly contested crown.

She is an OND graduate of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, prior to winning the contest was on  Industrial Attachment. In addition to the crown, She won a brand new Toyota car and Two million naira.

Miss Anyansi Nneka Joany, who contested as Miss Eyo Honesty, won Five hundred thousand Naira as the first runner up, while Okpa Effa Phrida who was Miss Mary Slessor came the second runner up and went home with a Two hundred Thousand Naira prize.

Miss Congeniality went to Miss Kwafalls, Emi Nonye Harry from Rivers State, while Miss Photogenic, Isoyip Mercy, from Yakkurr, in Cross River State who contested as Miss Millenium Park.

The competition was indeed, a tough one for the carefully selected judges who were  comprised of an  Author and an International makeup Artist,  Eryca Freemantle; Sasha Pee, a Hip Hop and a visible female Artist in Nigeria; Fola Adeola, founder of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, as well as Toyin Subair, a lawyer and entrepreneur who is also into media and entertainment sector and Sir William Archibong, Chairman Obudu Mountain Race. Poise, diction and intelligence were some of the criteria used in judging the contestants.

The girls who made appearances on the stage in short dresses, traditional and national costumes, evening wear were dropped to the top ten who were selected on the fifth appearance which also witnessed display of talent by the contestants after which five of them were selected for the finals.

The last appearance was the high point of the occasion. The girls answered questions from the panel of judges and at the end, Adaeze Priscilla Aluke, a former student of IMT Enugu, Campus emerged  winner.

Sequel to  a documentary on her Mothers’ Against Child Abandonment (MACA) initiative, The Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke,  explained that the Calabar Carnival Queen Pageant (CCQ), was introduced in 2007 as part of the Calabar Festival, not only to select a face of tourism but also as a spokesperson for MACA. She added that the pageant is also a platform to raise funds for the care of abandoned babies and vulnerable teenage pregnant girls.

Speaking further, Mrs. Liyel-Imoke in an emotion laden voice decried the spate of abandoned babies in the state and pleaded that people who found themselves in such position shouldn’t throw away their babies to die but should take them to the “The Refuge Home” for care.

According to her, most of the people who do this are usually teenagers who fall victims of rape, incest and promiscuity largely as a result of a breakdown in the family structure.   “It is not good to dump a child in the dustbin to die or kick a pregnant girl out of the house, if you kick her out she will dump the child. Some of them have been raped and abused. Two wrongs don’t make a right, use the facility provided by MACA project, as those perpetrating the act would be prosecuted by the Child Rights Law ”. Mrs. Liyel-Imoke said.

The initiator of MACA, however, was optimistic to see that these babies and the vulnerable ones realize their potentials, experience proper home environment with proper foster parents. She disclosed that so far over 100 abandoned babies have passed through the “Refuge Home” and about 60 housemates been catered for at The Refuge Home for teenage pregnant girls at risk, adding that the Senator Liyel Imoke lead administration is providing purposeful leadership to make sure Cross River State is Fit for every child and thanked him for being supportive of her programmes. She equally expressed her appreciation to all who have donated to her projects.

The occasion was witnessed by the former Governor, Mr. Donald Duke and his wife, the Deputy Governor Barr. Efiok Cobham and his wife, Senator Florence Ita Giwa,  Members of the House of Representative and House of Assembly. Other top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, corporate bodies and tourists among others.

Some of the artistes that thrilled the crowd with their music were Omawumi and Flexi, Mr. Cool and also a female comedian, Mandy.

27 girls,just one CROWN!

Article/Photocredit:CFW

Calabar Festival: Review of week 4 events

Posted: January 10, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Tuface Idibia at Calabar Rocks 2010

The week 4 of the Calabar Festival had different activities such as the Mary Slessor Golf Tournament, the closure of the youth development zone. The Calabar water carnival, thegrand finale of Calabar Carnival Queen competition, the Carnival Kings and Queens competition and the week was crowned by the Children’s carnival.

Musical performances in this week was an highlife and Afrobeat night with performances from Sunny Nneji , Peter Abikpa, Effiom Trombone, thrilling the crowd with their style of music.

The most scintillating musical show was the Naija way show that featured Ikechukwu, Speedyman,  Tuface Idibia who got the crowd implicated with his energetic performance , the Xmas eve was marked with a carol night and nativity play reminiding all of that  night at Bethelhem.