Lai Mohammed Flags Off Final Dry Run Of Calabar Carnival

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    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
    flagged off the third and final dry run of the Calabar Carnival with a
    pledge to help turn the event into a major global attraction.Performing the flag-off in the company of the Cross River State Deputy
    Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, in Calabar on Sunday, the Minister said the
    street processions preparatory to the 2017 Calabar Carnival later in
    the month have commenced.

    “I make bold to say that what is happening here today will reverberate
    throughout the world as we shall leverage the power of information and
    technology to bring this event to the notice of the entire world.

    “There is no substitute for preparation and that is why this dry run
    is very important,” he said.

    Alhaji Mohammed said the Calabar Carnival has grown into a major
    unifying factor in Nigeria because it serves as a rallying point for
    people all over the country.

    He said the Calabar Carnival is now a platform for the youth to
    demonstrate their creative ability, and a practical demonstration of
    the nation’s drive to turn the creative industry into a viable
    creative economy.

    “I want to take this opportunity to appeal to the world to see this
    street party beyond dancing and beyond the costumes. Let’s see this
    Calabar Carnival for what it really is, which is a platform for our
    youths to vent out their creativity and a platform to turn our
    creative industry into a veritable creative economy,” the Minister
    said.

    He described the Calabar Carnival as the biggest street party in
    Africa, saying it has many unique selling points, being the longest
    carnival route in the world covering a 12-kilometre route.

    Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe
    Onah, said this is the first time that a Minister will attend the dry
    run of the Calabar Carnival.

    He commended Alhaji Mohammed for his uncommon support for the
    carnival, having earlier sent the Permanent Secretary of his ministry,
    Deaconess Grace Gekpe, to flag-off the second dry run in November this
    year.

    The Calabar Carnival dry run is marked by dances, processions and
    displays by various groups across the major streets of Calabar.

    The main event will be held 27-28 December and will attract
    participants from 25 countries.

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    Procession at the flag-off of the final dry run of the Calabar
    Carnival in Calabar, Cross River State, on Sunday.

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