AMERICAN Rapper, William
Roberts II, a.k.a Rick Ross, Tuface,
and Techno will perform at the
Calabar Carnival scheduled for Dec.
Ross featured in Psquare (now
splitted) musical video titled:
`Beautiful Onyinye.’
Mr Ikobi Ikobi, a Commissioner in
the Cross River Carnival Commission
in charge of media, disclosed this on
Wednesday in a telephone interview
with the News men in Calabar.
Ikobi said that the carnival, which
has the theme, “Migration’’, had
been designed to thrill fun seekers
who would visit Calabar with life
musical entertainment.
“For now, we have sealed a deal
with Rick Ross; He is expected to be
in Calabar on Dec. 26 to perform in
the carnival.
“We are still talking with other
international artistes that will also
“We have contacted some artistes
in Nigeria; the likes of Innocent
Idibia popularly known as Tuface,
with stage name Tekno, Inyanya and
“As we all know, the first dry run
of the carnival was held on Oct.
22 and it was a success. I want to
assure tourists coming into the city
of Calabar that the 2017 carnival will
be fantastic,’’ he said.
In a separate interview, Mrs
Rosemary Archibong, the state
Commissioner for Information, told
NAN that the Calabar carnival was
an annual robust event filled with
diverse activities.
Archibong said that the theme of
the carnival was chosen by Gov. Ben
Ayade, in recognition of the plight of
Africans that are forced to migrate
out of Africa in search of greener
pasture, food and help.
“Most times, we see our people
trying to cross the Mediterranean
Sea and in the process, many lives
are lost and this informed the choice
of the theme.
“It is hoped that this carnival will
bring back the thought of our leaders
to good leadership in Africa.
“We will have different
interpretations of the theme from five
competing bands and it is going to
be extremely entertaining, thoughtprovoking
and mentally engaging.
“We are also going to have the
cultural carnival, and I can assure
tourists that the smart city of Calabar
is set for the carnival,’’ she said.
The commissioner said that smart
city wireless internet connection
(wifi) had been added to the carnival
with a view to connecting tourists to
free internet use.
“It is going to be the celebration of
the biggest street party in Africa.
“When tourists come in for the
show, we don’t want them to start
looking for where to buy data; all we
want them to do is just to get their
Wifi on and get connected to the
“This 2017 celebration is going to
be a time of absolute ecstasy because
we will also have the international
carnival and more countries have
registered to be in Calabar already.’’
Archibong assured tourists
coming in for the annual event of
adequate security, saying that the
state government was working in
collaboration with security agencies
in the state to ensure a peaceful

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