Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke has described Calabar Carnival as a unique brand that should be jealously protected and promoted.
Speaking at the event’s command performance night in Calabar as part of activities for the carnival, Imoke said the beauty of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage was expressed in the carnival.
“The beauty of Nigeria is wholly expressed in the Calabar festival and the unique brand should be jealously protected and promoted by all,” the governor said.
He therefore called on governments at all levels and the private sector to ensure all hands were on deck so as to see to it that the carnival was protected, noting that this would serve as a way to continue attracting both local and international support for the country.
“Carnival Calabar can be identified internationally and exported around the world.
“It has become a brand that everyone has identified with because it is about the people. So, with or without government behind it, it has become an international brand.
“After Nollywood, Carnival Calabar is the highest brand in Africa and it is unique because, unlike others, it is designed, programmed and costumed through passion and creativity,” he said.
Also speaking on the carnival, sponsor of the Brazilian Samba team to the carnival, Ms Karen Sauza said another Brazilian band would be participating at the adult carnival.
She said the band would showcase some popular Brazilian songs.
Sauza said the continuous participation of Brazilian bands at the carnival affords both Nigeria and Brazil the opportunity for cultural exchanges.
She commended Governor Imoke for promoting the carnival.