Cross River vows to take Children’s Carnival to the next level

Posted: December 12, 2012 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

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Cross River State Government has promised to lift the status of its children’s carnival to a world class standard worthy of emulation. The wife of the Acting Governor, Mrs. Glory Cobham stated this at the Botanical Garden, Calabar while flagging-off the children’s carnival dry run and said as a pace setter the state will not relent in taking it to the next level.
Mrs Cobham, who was represented by the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Nkechi Mike Aniah, said it is through a dry run that the bands can perfect their acts and raise its standards to attract attention.
She said the children’s carnival being the first of its kind in the country, has now become an event which the state government has shown great interest by encouraging its sponsors.
The Children, who were branded in Dangote polo of the five band colours of Green for Passion Four Band, Blue for Bayside Band, Red for Seagull Band and Orange for Master Blaster Band, under- took a four kilo-meters street parade which by standard is the longest street party for children.
They stopped at designated adjudication points to display to the admiration of spectators that lined the routes which stretched from Botanical Garden through Marian Road, IBB Avenue and terminating at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.Security was tight while the Department of Public Transport (DO PT), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and traffic police personal were at head to ensure free flow of traffic while the medical personnel were prompt in attending to those who could not continue.
In another development, a United States based female Jamaican gospel singer, Chevelle Frankly, performed at the Voices of Paradise II Segment of the Calabar festival Sunday night at the Millennium Park.
The award winner artiste treated the audience, that was most of the time on its feet to popular gospel tunes including some Nigerian hit numbers which was spiced with some ministrations and motivational talks.
E-Ben, one of Nigeria’s great gospel acts and some local artistes entertained the crowd to some soul touching gospel numbers after a choral competition, featuring some churches choirs, which five qualified for the semi final

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