The 2008 Christmas Festival started in the City of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, on the 1st of December, amidst fun and excitement. The festival was marked opened with a city-walk against HIV which was then rounded up at the Cultural Centre Calabar by the launching and opening of the Christmas Village by the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Senator Liyel Imoke and his dear wife Her Excellency, Obioma Imoke.
Amidst lots of shows and activities that brought international and local artistes to perform free to the delight of citizens and foreign tourist including holiday-seekers, the main event that drew celebrities, individuals and corporate organizations from all works of life was the 2008 Christmas Carnival held on the 27th Dec. 08. The Carnival has been a routine since 2005 and the one of 2008 showed that there was always an upgrade every year.
Turn-out was awesome and overwhelming, in attendance were local celebrities like Ramsey Noah, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, 2Face Idibia and more, also in attendance were a number of international celebrities and lots of foreign tourists.
The Carnival is made up of 5 (five) main bands namely; Freedom Band, Master-Blaster Band, Passion 4 Band, Sea-Gull Band and also the Bay-Side Band. Also to spice it up where lots of corporate bands including the Police and Military bands.
The 2008 Calabar Christmas Carnival was majorly sponsored by First Bank Nigeria PLC and Oceanic Bank Nigeria PLC.
N/B: Please ignore the dates on the pictures, it was due to my negligence when setting the time on the camera. All the pics you see here are from the 2008 Calabar Christmas Carnival.
The Carnival was worth its weight in GOLD!