Calabar Carnival 2016 For Dummies

Calabar Carnival has made Cross River State one of the best tourist destinations in Nigeria. It attracts an impressive number of tourists yearly both from Nigeria and other parts of the world. 

The carnival which holds every December is full of festivities that lasts for 32 days. No wonder it is called “Africa’s Biggest Street Party”.

Incidentally, many of the excited spectators who on the 28th of December, strained their necks to get a better view of the carnival had absolutely no idea what Calabar Carnival 2016 was aiming to achieve. 

With so many colours and creativity on display, It is understandable that one could get carried away. Carnival should be fun, after all.    

However, let’s not focus only on the parade and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Climate Change was the theme for last year’s Calabar Carnival. This is significant because 2016 was the year Paris Climate Agreement finally came to fruition. Nations were mobilized to combat climate change and limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
It was a delight to be part of the team that tried to translate Climate Change into a tangible story with costumes, floats and dances . It was more fulfilling for me working behind-the-scenes than prancing about as a model in glamorous costumes entertaining you…

The band, Passion 4 provides the backdrop for this illustration.

My Calabar Carnival 2016 For Dummies

The beautiful dancers fondly called ‘The front girls’ introduce Passion 4 band to the spectators with a dance. This is effective as it sustains their attention long enough to watch the more informative sections unfold. 

The Agro Culture: During this period, the agrarian society relied primarily on agriculture and the cultivation of large fields.Farming  brought surplus food and people began to settle around the crops instead of having to hunt and scavenge. The activities of Man was not harmful to his environment. Man was content. Man was in Paradise.

But that tiny spark given by Prometheus in Greek mythology to man became a huge flame. Man trancended his limitations. His imagination was enhanced and creativity was no longer reserved for the gods.

 Man developed an insatiable appetite for gold and his quest for more wealth led to the industrial culture.

Industrial Culture: took place from the 18th to 19th century.

Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production.

The Europeans: Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Industrialization then spread to other European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, and the United States. 

The Asians :  are experiencing industrial revolution now in the 21st century. China ranks as one of the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

There are many technological advances that benefit the human race with the rapid increase of any nation’s economy; however these benefits come at a cost.

Destruction:  Human activities such as burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and industrial processes increase the amount of greenhouse gases eg) Carbondioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases  in the atmosphere.

The Greenhouse gas emissions trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere contributing to the warming of the Earth’s surface. This also encourages the depletion of the ozone layer.

Migrants: People flee from the devastating consequences of climate change like drought, flooding or famine.

 The migrants dressed in sack cloths stagger to a melodious song by South Africa’s Brenda Fassie. The song’s sorrowful undertone emphasized the dance of struggle.

While watching this presentation, I got goosebumps at the thought —this could become our reality if nothing is done to prevent climate change.

The Supplicants: are inspired to invoke the Queen Of Regeneration. Would she honour their plea and save the planet?

She honours their plea, heralding a season of Eco-Culture.  

Her beautiful maidens plant seeds of regeneration, encouraging man to practice sustainability.

Regeneration: Blooming vegetation and flourishing wildlife.

Earth is fertile again

Man is regaining Paradise

 Maidens are basking under a rainbow of frondescence.

Renewable Energy : clean forms of energy such as solar and wind become the energy of choice.

Eco- Foods: Healthy foods that promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity are consumed.

Eco-Architecture: houses are built in harmony with the environment.

Recycling: the importance of reusing materials to reduce waste and conserve energy should not be underrated.

Beautiful dresses made from plastic bottles and bottle covers.

A dress creatively designed with CD plates

A high fashion dress made using newspaper

My lovely spoon brides

Eco-Fashion : Green or eco-friendly fashion.Style with responsibility.

Gorgeous couture gowns made from sustainable fabrics

Eco -Business:  is not only profit-oriented but also conscious of the environment.

Eco-power: People with power to influence or determine policies and practices should implement sustainable policies.

The trees of the forest are ecstatic, no more deforestation !!

 Climate change is a global challenge

But we will succeed

This Paradise that we have regained will last forever!

Man thou art fated but thy fate lies in thy hand

This is not the end…



  1. Wow! You have succeeded in putting the famed theme of this carnival in the spotlight, with this detailed description. This world is certainly not ours howbeit we must hand it down to its next occupants’ safe.


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