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Gov Otu Vows to Boost Carnival Calabar Festival, Promises Transformation


…as Calas Vegas Band Triumphs in 2023 Kickoff

Governor Senator Bassey Otu of Cross River State has reaffirmed his commitment to elevating the Carnival Calabar International Festival a pledge made during his campaign.

He emphasized this commitment during the kickoff of the 2023 festival, praising the seven competing bands for their captivating performances in the quest for prizes as contained in a statement by Mr. Emmanuel Ogbeche, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

In his remarks, the Governor assured, “Bringing the carnival to a grander stage is a key promise, and what you’ve witnessed is just the beginning. We’re set to take it to the next level.”

Expressing gratitude to sponsors and acknowledging the presence of tourists and fun seekers in Calabar, Governor Otu applauded their support in enhancing the spectacle.

At the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Calas Vegas Band, mentored by former Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke, secured the coveted first position, winning N10 million from the N55 million prize pool while Passion 4 claimed the second spot, with Seagull Band securing third place.

The Carnival Calabar showcased a blend of innovation, theatre, cultural richness, and creative interpretations of societal issues, underscoring its role in providing both entertainment and solutions.


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