Ministry Of Culture, Yankee Entertainment In Talks To Resuscitate The Abuja International Carnival

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Discussions between the Ministry of Culture, Arts and the Creative Economy and Yankee Entertainment to resuscitate the Abuja Carnival in November have reached an advance level.

Both parties met recently in Abuja to finalize details of the collaboration and discuss plans for the carnival.

Established in 2005 to showcase the rich culture, creative spirit and diversity of the Nigerian people, the carnival featured road show/street parade, cultural dances, music, and masquerades. The regatta, polo game and durbar came later.

With the renaming of the carnival, the unveiling of talks with a single private partner, the ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy aims to resuscitate the carnival eight years since it last held.

Sharing her optimism of the project, Minister Barrister Hannatu Musawa, said the festival aligns with her ministry’s objective to promote cultural diversity, and support the creative economy.

Speaking at the event, manager director and Chief Executive Officer, Yankee entertainment, Kehinde Adegbite in presenting the vision and objectives of the carnival emphasized its potential to promote Nigerian cultures to a global audience.

He said Yankee Entertainment which has been involved in several festivals like Ochacho Carnival, Ibeju Lekki Carnival, Ojodu Carnival among others, will ensure the carnival is not only bigger than the Calabar Christmas Carnival, but draw global and culture-and-arts-driven participants.

Abuja International Carnival scheduled to hold in November, will feature a range of activities as street shows, music concert, a boat regatta, durbar, children’s fiesta and exhibitions.

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