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Tourism: Africa’s Biggest Street Party, Calabar Carnival Returns After Two Years

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The annual Carnival Calabar International Festival, the biggest street party in Africa, is BACK! on the theme: “Agro-industrialization”

The official ceremony took place on Wednesday in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State.

The 2022 edition of the street carnival, returned with swag after a two-year hiatus, with participants from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Lithuania, Brazil, Tanzania, Ghana and Cameroon.

Professor Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, the kick-off host, described the festival as “Africa’s flagship tourism event”.

He said: “The true value of any raw material is when it is processed and that means the added value that brings it to its final product,” the governor said.



“Africa cannot continue to be a hub for the export of raw materials. Africa should start transforming its raw materials into finished products and exporting them to Europe and America. This is the central message of this theme.

READ: Africa: Pomp and colours as Ayade, president’s daughter, others flag-off Carnival Calabar

According to him, the performance and displays of carnival revellers would serve as an interpretation of the theme.

Ayade said, “We will examine the scenario through the dance and the procession on the interpretation of the theme of agro-industrialization, and this is the concept.

Surprise Africa found that over two million revellers and participants from over 25 different countries are expected to feature in the 2022 edition, while over fifty million viewers are expected to join via media broadcast including live streaming.


Groups competing on the 12 kilometer carnival route are Bayside, Masta Blasta, Freedom, Seagull, Passion 4 and Diamond as well as CalasVegas.

Although the festival programs started on December 1, the main activities started on December 25 and will continue until December 31, 2022.




The main activities are:

December 27: The Bikers Parade takes place in the morning
December 27: the Miss Africa beauty pageant takes place in the evening
December 28: Calabar Street Parade & Band of the Year Competition
December 29: Wonders on Wheels performs in the evening at Calabar Stadium and exhibits vintage cars
December 30: The Green Carnival takes place in the morning and displays actions favorable to the environment. The event ends with a street party organized in the evening
December 31: New Year’s Eve fireworks


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