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Carnivals: Venue of Vibrant Spirits

By: Abdulkareem Khadijat

A round the world, carnivals or festivals comes with different mood of celebration  depending on the essence of it heritage . Typically in a contemporary African society for instance, carnivals are cultural festival displays that showcase Africa’s rich cultural endowment through music, dressing, drama and other cultural creativities and display.Calabar Carnival: is a festival in Nigeria, also tagged ” Africa’s Biggest Street Party”, was created as part of the vision of making the Cross River State in Nigeria, the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourists all over the world. The carnival which begin on every December 1 and last till December 31 has boosted the cultural mosaic of Nigerian’s while entertaining the millions of spectators within and outside  the State. The vision started in 2004 by the former Governor of Cross River State Mr. Donald Duke.

It is a plat form for brand visibility and market awareness. Cross River State has become the pride of Nigeria or Africa as far as tourism, carnival and hospitality i s concerned. The 2019 Carnival took a new phase as the current Governor Prof. Ben Ayade made this year’s celebration an International Carnival with over 10 countries in attendance. The Calabar carnival has successfully placed Nigeria on the list of topmost carnival spots around the world. The Calabar Carnival  which holds every year in December has hosted Nigerian musicians, Nollywood Actors, Politician and International Artists has provided avenue to fun lovers to  partake in successfully attracted fun lovers to partake the different shades of merry making.

The Lagos Carnival also known as the Fanti or Caretta Carnival of Lagos is the  most prominent in West Africa. The carnival is usually held during the Lagos Black heritage Festival. it is a colorful folk festival which holds annually in Lagos. The origins of the carnival dates back to the Lagos colonial period when the Brazilian former slave returnees came back to reside in Lagos in the 19th century. The carnival was re- instated in 2010. The event is usually centered on Lagos Island filled with troop displays of beautiful costumes and various forms of entertainment which include music and dancing. The carnival portrays an eclectic mixture of Nigerian, Brazilian and Cuban heritage of the city It is also worthy to note that, The Abuja Carnival which started in 2005 was designed to showcase the rich culture and crystallization of the creative spirit and cultural diversity of the Nigeria people. It has also been established as a  major international calendar event and unique in many diverse ways. It features road shows, music, cultural dances, masquerades, and durbar which participants from all the states of Nigeria. It’s a great occasion and has spectators from around the globe.

South Africa, the Cape Town Carnival showcases a call to all citizens to wake up and step up and shake off limiting habits and ideas by unlocking your power & potential and be what you can be. Over 2000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk , entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines. The parade will be followed by a family party, showcasing some South Africa’s trending musical talentAnother carnival to behold is the Rio de Janeiro festival which normally holds every year before the lent season , and it has been  adjudged to be the biggest in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous Samba Schools which are located in Rio. The entertaining samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend the carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical and common background.

The Carnival is the most popular holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. Except for industrial production, retail establishments such as malls, and carnival-related businesses, the country is unified for almost a week and the festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. Rio de Janeiro’s carnival alone drew 4.9 million people in 2011, with 400,000 being foreigners. This cultural manifestation is generally an  extension of Afro-Brazilian culture, though it could also be historically traced to the Portuguese Age of Discoveries when their caravels passed through Madeira, a territory which had celebrated its carnival season. in conclusion carnivals provides a platform for attendees to have fun and enjoy themselves to the fullest.

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