Once again, Calabar was lit up, as the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Barr. Effiok Cobham litthe Christmas tree to mark the beginning of the much anticipated 2014 Calabar festival. The event which held on Sunday evening at the Millennium Park also featured special arts performances by some of Calabar’s upcoming stars.
In a brief and exciting opening, Barrister Wilfred Usani, SA to the Governor on Tourism Development, remarked, “I welcome you to this year’s event, enjoy yourselves and have a beautiful festival.”
Just before he turned on the lights, His Excellency, Barr. Effiok Cobham, said, “You can never have a better Christmas anywhere in the world than what you have in Cross River State. Today, we light this Christmas tree to celebrate God’s love in Cross River State and to herald the commencement of the 2014 Calabar Festival. Let the show begin!”
Immediately,there was aseries of blasts, as fireworks coloured the skies with beautiful splashes, an invitation for all to Come-And-Live-And-Be-At-Rest (CALABAR), alluding to the theme of this year’s Calabar festival – ‘Celebration Time’.
Indeed, the show had truly begun as artistes took their turns in entertaining the fun-loving crowd with comedy, dance, music and drama. It was anexciting way to start the festival.