Africa’s biggest street party, Carnival Calabar has been listed in the carnival calender of the world as the fourth in the world as it remains the first in the continent.
This is just as the 2019 event with the theme: Humanity, witnessed high volume of commercial activities like previous years.
The rating of the carnival as the 4th globally was disclosed by the chairman of the Carnival Calabar Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, while announcing the results for the best competing bands for the 2019 Carnival.
According to him, the state in the last five years has seen challenging themes, critical themes, cerebral and mostly intellectual in content which has endeared tourists to Calabar.
He said: “You saw the Carnival, which is God’s gift to Cross River state and Cross River state gift to the world. His Excellency, Professor Ben Ayade has energised the bands and added excitements and that is what drives tourism to a destination.”
For the first time, we are urging everyone here to see the new look carnival marking scheme called the high low, we have trained our adjudicators in Trinidad and Tobago. It was this same Governor that renewed our patent as a registered trade mark, four weeks ago.
“We received documentations being listed in the carnival calenders of the world, listed as number four in the world and the first in the whole of Africa. We have observers from Trinidad and Tobago, in the persons of Mr David Lopez and Patricia D. Dureni , they found Carnival Calabar worthy, four weeks ago after two years of trials, they came here as mystery visitors and gave us the go ahead and we thought they should come here to see what they saw online”.
Meanwhile the annual event has continued to see commercial activities soar during the festival as major streets in the capital is inundated with different products and wares displayed for tourists to patronise.
From the malls to the street stores, to the road side hawkers, the pub houses, and hospitality establishments, Calabar is turned into mega market place.
According to Victor Amos, from Apkabio local government, a barbecue trader, the 2019 carnival has been very successful to him having made four times his normal sale. He thanked the governor for giving the people the opportunity to make such sales.