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Calabar Carnival’s year of the acrobats

The international band competition at the last edition of Carnival Calabar took a more sterling dimension with acrobatic displays that almost freaked spectators out.

The show provided a striking balance to the usual display of bums by taunting Brazilian troupe and the more provocative Zulu dancers whose bare chest left nothing to the imagination of revelers.

International consultant to the carnival, Ikechi Uko, believes that acrobatic display at the carnival is evolving and the next edition holds much more in that regard.

“Expect more of those Kenyans and the guys from IMO next time,” said Uko who recalled how a lady friend nudged him when the Brazilians were about to perform. “Ikechi, I know this is what you want; bums and boobs.”

She said. He laughed and told her, “yeah. I like those but today, no man will notice the bums when the acrobats activate.” Was he right? “So right that a South African Zulu babe went bare chested and no one seemed to notice. That is the power the acrobats had this year at the International Carnival,” he said, adding that: “I know Brazil won but they were not the stars of the night. A group of acrobats from Kenya stole the night. They were matched by another group from Imo State.”

Many who witnessed the carnival attested on the social media that the stunts had the crowd gasping.

According to Uko, “When the Kenyans started their tricks on a pole; a man next to me asked aloud, ‘who brought these people here?’ People pointed at me. He asked ‘where you bring them from?’ Mombasa, replied. ‘Did they fly or did they hang on the wings?’ We all laughed. ‘Please make sure they leave Calabar tonight because no house is safe from these guys,’ he joked.”

Indeed, the Kenyans’ most daring stunt had many people closing their eyes, as the acrobats detached their legs at the top of the pole, embarking on a free fall. And just when they were about to impact the ground they clasped again. Even the governor jumped up. It was amazing.

“The Ghanaian team too surprised everyone,” said Uko.

“The ladies played the drums while the men did the acrobatics, including ‘Fire Eating’. Ethiopia had a circus-like play that had the crowd cheering. So I didn’t notice the bums and the boobs because the excitement from the acrobats was more. And going by the Social media reports most people felt the same,” he submitted.

Source: thenationonlineng.net

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