Gov Ayade Launches 2019 Carnival Calabar
Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River has launched this year’s Carnival Calabar themed: Humanity, challenging the participating bands to ensure that the event does not lose its value.
Speaking on Friday at the Exco Chamber of the Governor’s Office in Calabar, the governor said that the theme was chosen to emphasise the importance and right of every human being to exist.
According to him, the intellectual content of the carnival should be beyond dance, adding that it must pass a strong message that would make the world a better place for humanity.
He stated that the story should be stronger than the impulse of the carnival.
On the importance of the theme: “Humanity,” Ayade said, “animals are becoming more human while humans are becoming more animalistic.”
Governor Ayade, who was obviously saddened by man’s inhumanity to man, further echoed, “it is the animal in you that denies you the sensibility to that neighbour that can’t send his child to school. Don’t be a source of pain to another person’s life.”
He also said that artificial barriers are all created by humanity, expressing bitterness that the dreaded Ebola is a man made disease instigated by the discovery of wealth.
In her submission at event, Mrs Onari Duke, who spoke on behalf of all the participating bands, said the theme was insightful and would challenge the academia like never before.
According to her, the deep message is something that will go across the world.
She thanked the governor for the theme and his commitment to making the carnival bigger and better.