The event which took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos had dignitaries from the Corporate Nigeria, the United States Embassy in Nigeria, actors, actresses and several investors. Governor Ayade whet the appetite of many at the event, while marketing what has come to be known as the best tourism destination in Nigeria, with oratory prowess.
Ayade who enjoined all to be a part of this year’s festival, revealed that Carnival bands from 14 countries will be performing this year, while the notable children Carnival has also been repackaged to take the form of family funfair.
He surprised many when he invited all the Beauty Queens at the event to the stage, and enlisted them automatically as members of a new band called the Governor’s Band. “Irrespective of their states of origin, they represent the beauty, elegance, style and class of the average Cross River youth,” said the governor.
Guests at the unveiling include comic actor John Okafor, aka Mr. Ibu, sonorous singer, Waje, CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Dance Hall singer, Patoranking, reggae artiste Blackie, Olu Maintain, Kce and actors Enyinna Nwigwe and Elvis Chuks.