Just in: Federal Government approves Abuja carnival

The federal government has approved a plan to host the Abuja Carnival.

The Buhari’s government approved the plans as it hopes the carnival would showcase Nigeria’s creative ingenuity and help boost the nation’s economy.

The carnival, flaunted as the biggest cultural party in the entire continent, will be held from November 19 to 22.

The carnival was confirmed yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting by the events Artistic Director, Biodun Abe.

Recall that the carnival which began in 2005 was halted in 2014 following security concerns.

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The carnival would actively depict the nation’s diverse culture as it will parade by all 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.

In addition, it would have international outlook as other countries would attend to deepen ties with Nigeria.

This year’s carnival will double as a cultural tourism for foreign countries. The organizers hope the carnival will help build bridges and enhance friendship.

The theme for this year’s carnival is “The Creative Industry: A Pivot to Economic Growth.”

A carnival village where Nigerian goods and African cuisines are sold will be set up for visitors and participants.

The carnival is expected to attract about one million visitors from within and outside the country.

The carnival route, where the street party event will be staged, according to Abe, is 20km longer than ever before.

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Abe disclosed that six national floats would also be created to represent the six-geo political zones of the country to depict the nation’s unity.

This year’s edition will feature traditional circus show involving fire-eaters, jugglers, animal manipulators, magicians and circus dancers.

Similarly, the carnival will be highlighted by durbar, masquerade dance, boat regatta, food fairs, cultural night and children fiesta.