US Consular Officer Commends Calabar Carnival

Posted: December 20, 2012 by CalabarBeckons in Calabar festival, Carnival Calabar

Rhonda Watson flanked by the Dep. Speaker of teh Cross River State House of Assembly and other Principal officers at the Carnival Commission

The United States Consul Public Diplomacy Officer in Nigeria, Rhonda J. Watson has spoken glowingly of the on-going Calabar Festival, describing it as unique.Watson spoke at Rabana Roundabout on IBB Way/Marian Road in Calabar during the flag-off of the third phase of the Carnival Calabar dry run on Sunday.

The diplomat, who is in Calabar on a four day official duty, said she was proud to be part of the Final dry run, which was a fore runner to the proper event. She said the event, which she described as a display of colours, designated glamour, reminded her of her experience in the West Indies decades ago. She commended the state for being unified and focused in doing something positive to also involve the youths, in the carnival thereby bringing great honour to the state.

The Acting governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, State House of Assembly, Hon Itaya Asuquo Nyong, said the dry run afforded the five competing bands the opportunity to fine-tune preparations for the main event.Cobham remarked that Cross River remains number one state in tourism development and packaging.Chairman, Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah, in an introductory remark, disclosed that the dry run was the fourth and final, including the children’s dry run, before the Carnival.

Onah explained that it affords the Bands and the Revellers the opportunity of participating as well as savouring the street party atmosphere and warmth it generates.He said Watson’s participation in the dry run reflects her keen interest in youth development programme.

The Chairman explained that the Socio Economic impact and the benefit on the economy are huge with boundless opportunities. Due to the pressure the Carnival preparations was putting on Artisans and local tailors, efforts were being made to contract tailors in Aba and Port Harcourt to sow more costumes in order to meet the demands by Bands. He described the development as one of the economic benefits of the carnival on the local economy which is one of Governor Liyel Imoke’s Strategic plans for the Tourism Sector.The Sponsors are not left out as a flag dance party has been instituted to give visibility to the Sponsors of the events on the Carnival route.

In another development, a-six day programme tagged “Calabar’s Got Talent”, aimed at promoting various home acts lived up to its billings as a talent hunt reality show for youths.

Through this programme, they were given the opportunity to display their talents in dancing, singing and comedy with those adjudged winners either offered free admission to read a six-month computer course at Abraham Moore Computer Training Institute or Highlight Entertainment Dancing School both in Calabar while some went home with cash prizes.


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