The carnival which is presumed to be the largest in the whole of Africa is highly costumed to reflect the cultural heritage of the people. The traditional ruler known as Obong in Efik language and their cabinets will also participate in this unique cultural carnival.
Traditional title holders and worthy illustrious sons and daughters always partake in the carnival that attracts over two million spectators from various part of the globe who come to watch the great cultural display of this rare kind that is largely covered by so many media industries. The Obong, his cabinet members and other traditional title holders dress in their traditional regalia to reflect on the cultural carnival.
Calabar cultural carnival is not for only Calabar indigenes and the Efik tribe; it is for all who are lovers of the cultural carnival. Spectators who participate in this unique annual festival are always filled with enthusiasm.
This year performance at the yearly festival tagged as “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” will include performance of carnival bands such as Seagull, Passion 4, Master Blaster, Bayside and Freedom Bands to name but a few.
The festivals may include music performances from both national and international artist of which are the likes of Lucky Dube, Fat Joe, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Kirk Franklin, Two face Idibia, P square, etc. The festival will usher in performances such as Fashion Show, Beauty pageant, Boat Regatta, Christmas Village, Traditional Dances and the Annual Ekpe masquerade festival.
This year event for 26 of December may feature U.S. Rapper, William Roberts II, popularly known as Rick Ross, and also Nigerian music stars Tuface and Techno according to Mr. Ikobi Ikobi a commissioner responsible for the yearly events in Calabar.
The state is also making preparation to host more than 2 million people from 25 countries around the world.
It is proudly organised by the Cross River State Carnival Commission and is scheduled to hold from December 1st - 31st 2018.