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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Abuja International Carnival, first started in 2004 and has now become an annual fixture, is designed to mark the centenary anniversary of Nigeria. It will be staged in the nation’s capital from November 23 to 26. The ninth edition of the annual Abuja International Carnival has received global approval, as 15 countries, among which are China,
Trinidad and Tobago, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the Gambia, set to be part of the activities for the biggest carnival in Africa. Other countries are Sudan, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Niger and Egypt.
The traveling party will also include 21 members of the country’s street orchestra.
Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke noted that the participation of Trinidad and Tobago was a special one as Nigeria wanted to model the Abuja Carnival after the one in the Caribbean country, as a tool to maximize the creativity of the Nigerian youth as well as their enterprise.
According to the representative, the tiny Latin American country, will present 26 costumes and men and women’s wears to the Ministry of Tourism for the 2014 carnival.
Jin Honyue said that the Abuja Carnival is a platform to bolster Chinese-Nigeria cultural interchanges.
Duke, who described Nigeria as a country of great cultural diversity, said that the carnival would define the strength and value of the African continent. Moreover, the platform will be a collection of diverse expression and repertoire of dances for other participating
African countries, who might want surprise Nigeria with what they have in the kitty.