NO fewer than 26 countries
are participating in the 2017
Calabar carnival, Mr Ikobi Ikobi,
a Commissioner in the Carnival
Commission in charge of Media and
Publicity has said.
Ikobi, who spoke in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Tuesday in Calabar, listed
the countries to include, Mexico,
South Africa, Thailand, Greece,
Brazil, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal,
Rwanda amongst others.
According to Ikobi, the countries
have shown interest to participate
in the 2017 edition with the theme,
He said that the annual month-long
carnival brings tourists from all over
the world to the state and has been the
melting point of Africa’s hospitality
due to its diverse tourism events and
sites, the green environment and the
warm hospitality of the people.
“The 2017 edition of the carnival
will play host to over 26 countries.
Countries that have indicated interest
include Brazil, South Africa, Greece,
Kenya, Thailand, Ghana, Mexico,
Rwanda and others.
“Most of them will have their
own band on the grand finale of the
carnival which is scheduled for Dec.
27 and Dec. 28.
“Top in our priority is security; I
can assure tourists coming in for the
event of adequate security because
we are liaising with all the security
agencies in the state to ensure a
peaceful and fun-fill celebration’’, he
Similarly, Mr George Ekpungu,
Commissioner for New Cities
Development in the state, told NAN
that the carnival had promoted
talent and creativity since its

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commencement in 2004.
Ekpungu added that the event has
united the people of Cross River and
Nigeria in general due to its robust
activities and mass participation.

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