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Calabar Carnival: platform to develop creative economy – Mohammed
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December 17, 2017 16:40:35pm GMT      |      Views: 524
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, delivering a keynote address at the African International Film Festival in Lagos.

 The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Calabar Carnival is a veritable platform to turn the nation’s creative industry to creative economy.

The Minister stated this on Sunday in Calabar when he declared open the final dry run of the 2017 Abuja Carnival.

Mohammed said that the carnival had developed over the years to become the Africa’s biggest street party preoccupied with celebrating culture, tradition, creativity and intelligence.

He said besides providing employment for youths and boosting local economy, the carnival attracted participants from within and outside the country.

The minister said he was excited to see that most of the materials used in preparation for the carnival were sourced locally.

He said the carnival was about the longest street party with a stretch of 12 kilometres route.

In terms of content and theme, the minister said that the event was relevant not only for the country but the entire world.

“In the last two years, the theme of the carnival was about climate change while this year it is about migration.

The minister said the dry run was unique because it afforded the opportunity for the organiser and participants to perfect their acts.

He appealed to the people to see the carnival beyond dancing and costumes but as a platform for youths to exhibit their creative talents.

The Cross River Deputy Governor, Mr Ivara Esu, thanked the minister for coming to Calabar for the event and said his presence would enhance the carnival.

He also commended the minister for his vision and drive at developing the culture and creative sector as well as the unique way he was handling the information apparatus of the Federal Government.

The carnival dry run witnessed procession, dancing, music and performances by various bands.

Before the dry run ceremony, the minister, the deputy governor and their team took a tour of TINAPA in the mono rail system of the complex. (NAN)

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