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Calabar Carnival’s 20th Edition Promises Global Spectacle

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Calabar, Nigeria – The 20th edition of the Calabar Carnival is poised to enchant a global audience of approximately 15 million viewers today, with the main event set to be broadcast live on DSTV.

Erasmus Ekpang, Cross River’s Commissioner for Information, shared insights into the success of the carnival, highlighting that hotels have been fully booked since Tuesday, underscoring the heightened anticipation surrounding the cultural extravaganza.

In an interview, Ekpang expressed the state’s enthusiasm, emphasizing that only those who foresaw the demand and secured hotel bookings in advance are currently spared from the accommodation squeeze.

“We are truly excited with what we have seen so far, and we know that it will only get better. As I speak with you, hotels in Calabar are fully booked such that visitors have to be sleeping in private houses. We had three visitors from Mali that are presently staying with a friend of mine because there is no hotel space. Only those visitors that booked their hotels in advance are smiling now,” he stated.

Ekpang acknowledged the crucial role of sponsors in ensuring the success of the carnival, mentioning, “Some banks and DSTV are working in partnership with the state government.” These collaborative efforts have contributed to the event’s prominence and scale, making it a significant cultural milestone.

*Key Highlights:*
– This year’s edition introduces new dimensions, including its expansion into the Northern and Central senatorial districts of the state, fostering inclusivity and a sense of belonging among residents in these areas.
– The carnival has traversed Ogoja in the North and Ikom in the Central, with additional highlights such as the reintroduction of the children’s segment on Wednesday.
– Calabar has undergone transformations in preparation for the carnival, with major roundabouts and roads receiving rehabilitation.
– Reports indicate widespread participation, with 15 states and two African countries taking part in Tuesday’s cultural events.

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The convergence of diverse cultures and the grandeur of the carnival highlight its significance as a celebrated annual event, drawing attention not only nationally but also globally.


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