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Calabar Carnival 2018: Ayade unveils themes

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THERE are indications that the annual Calabar Festival would be repositioned and transformed into a veritable platform for African discourse.

This was made known by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State during the unveiling of the theme for the 2018 edition of the Carnival Calabar tagged ‘Africanism’.

The event which held at the State Executive Chamber, Calabar, included a short video presentation on illegal mining exploitation across Africa by a few rich foreign aristocrats.

Ayade expressed optimism that this year’s edition of the tourism event will go a long way in righting the wrongs done to Africans by foreigners, especially colonial overlords, by portraying the continent and its people as the true owners of the real wealth in the world.

The governor who described the carnival as Africa’s biggest street party stressed that he has a burning desire to see Africans speak in one voice.

He said: “Because Nigeria’s foreign policy is Afrocentric, the unification of Africa has become critical, let the carnival speak to power, speak to Africans that the African Union must rise and defend Africa.”

Elated by the theme of this year’s carnival, he said, “time has come when Africa must start thinking as a country and provide a shoulder for weaker African countries to lean on.”

Ayade charged the band leaders of the 2018 Carnival to make Africa proud by talking big about the continent, as, according to him, “Africa has grown and will war no more”, adding “make the streets glitter with things and colours that truly represent Africa as only this will show we have come of age.”

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