Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has sent a Contingent that comprise of the leaders of the five competing bands and other stakeholders to participate in the 2018 edition of the Rio Carnival in Brazil.
This is an effort of the side of the Cross River state governor to improve on the generation of revenue as well as participation in subsequent carnivals that will be hosted in the state. It is also a mean to give the Calabar Carnival a world wide recognition.
The Calabar Carnival is considered to be the biggest street carnival in Africa with participation of fun seekers from different parts of the world.
The Contingent led by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Hon Eric Anderson,Head of the State Event Management and Carnival Commission are already in Rio,in preparation for the annual event.
This is the first time Cross River State will be participating in the World Biggest Street Party which serves as big revenue generation to the government of Brazil.
Governor Ben Ayade had during the 2017 Carnival Calabar promised to restrengthen the annual event from it’s Organisation, Coordination and revenue generation in a bid to make the carnival a competing product in Cross River Tourism Calendar by introducing new ideas and revenue generation drive.
Speaking on the State Contingent readiness for the Carnival at Galeo International Airport Rio, Brazil, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Eric Anderson said,the team is excited to be part of the world carnival Event.
He said the delegation from Cross River came to understudy how Rio Carnival became the world best in terms of organisation, orderliness, logistics and most importantly, revenue generation.
The Commissioner explained further that by 2019 edition,the five competing bands and governors band will be participating fully to give Rio a taste of Cross River State and Nigeria as a whole.