Nasarawa state dominates 2010 Abuja Carnival


Nasarawa state has emerged the overall winner of the 6th edition of Abuja Carnival held from November 27-30, 2010 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], at an impressive closing ceremony performed by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo.

Speaking, Vice President Sambo, who was represented by the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed praised the participating states and encouraged them to continue to do so, saying that the carnival will soon become a global event.

In his closing remarks, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed, read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Ibrahim Mahe, noted that the opening, just as the closing ceremony, was exciting as it gave Nigerians and tourists the opportunity to see the rich cultural heritage of our great nation and the creative ingenuity of our people at a glance.

According to Alhaji Sadiq, “This year’s carnival was very unique and colorful.” He, however, lamented the no-show of Durbar, one of the carnival’s major events due to the inability of the states to access funds to participate.
He commended the carnival technical management committee led by Prof. Bakare Ojo Rasaki for a job well done, positing that in spite of the daunting challenges that the committee was faced with, a world-class event was delivered.

The minister also thanked participating troupes from Canada, India, and Egypt for honoring Nigeria with their participation.

Nasarawa state was followed by Rivers and Akwa Ibom states in the second and third positio,n respectively, while Oyo state came fourth, and Bayelsa state took the fifth position.

Nasarawa emerged first in all of the seven categories including best masquerade performance, best carnival queen, best carnival performance, best children’s event, best cultural night performance most spectacular masquerade, and best masquerade costume.

Nasarawa state was followed closely by Rivers state, which came top in three categories including best costumed boat regatta contingent, best carnival king, and best traditional food fair.

Other states that came first in one category include Akwa Ibom as best carnival costume; Oyo state as best carnival float and Delta state as best decorated regatta boat.

According to results made available by Lucky George Onoriode, Media and Tourism representative of the carnival committee, a total of 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] participated in the four-day carnival.
The participating states were judged in 6 categories, including boat regatta, carnival performance, traditional food fair, children’s event, and cultural night. However, the overall judgement was anchored on 14 sub-categories.

The sub-categories included, boat regatta, most spectacular performance, best costumed contingent, best decorated regatta boat, and carnival performance.
Others were carnival queen, best carnival costume, best carnival performance, best carnival king, best carnival float, best masquerade performance, most spectacular masquerade, best masquerade costume, and traditional food fair, children’s event, as well as cultural night performance.