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The Colours of CARNIRIV 2012! All the Fun & Exciting Photos from the Rivers State Carnival graced by Agbani Darego, Sam Dede, Uti Nwachukwu, Alex Ekubo & More

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The week-long bouquet of exciting and highly engaging activities at this year’s Rivers State carnival, CARNIRIV 2012 reached a climax on Saturday 15th December 2012, when the Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi lead scores of very important personalities and hundreds of participants in two epic closing events – the Garden City Freestyle Parade and the World Peace Concert.

The parade was an artistic blend of contemporary modern cultural procession during which the governor, who is the chief celebrant as well as dignitaries, residents and tourists adorned different kinds of colourful costumes and marched through designated streets within Port Harcourt metropolis.

The Director-General, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Sam Dede said the morning cultural procession was one of the peak moments of CARNIRIV while the peace concert, a rhythm-filled musical session accompanied by spectacular fireworks, brought the carnival to a grand close in the evening. The procession through Aba, Ikwerre and Stadium roads, was lit up by eight live bands in a bid to add to the exhilaration which the parade already promised.

The cultural fiesta which held from 9th December to 15th December in Port Harcourt, featured a variety of indigenous and international displays. The Black African Music Festival (BAMFest) which held on Wednesday 12th December, featured Grammy Award-winning reggae star and rapper, Shaggy; fellow reggae singer, Patra; celebrated Nigerian music acts, 2Face Idibia and Duncan Mighty. The artistes thrilled the crowd with memorable performances.

Another main attraction was the “Ekere: Rhythm of the Tribes”, a display of the rich cultural heritage and glamour of the Rivers people in the 23 Local Government Areas. Each Local Government Area put of a show of glamorous costumes and captivating dance steps.

Speaking about his assessment of this year’s edition of CARNIRIV, Dede said he was satisfied with the organisation, attendance and active participation of the residents and other stakeholders at every aspect of the fiesta while assuring them that subsequent editions would be better and bigger than what they had witnessed so far.

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Ex Beauty Queen, Agbani Darego, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, Deputy Gov. Tele Ikuru & wife, Mena

Uti Nwachukwu, Alex Ekubo & other Rivers State indigenes

International Aquatic Fiesta

Andoni contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Bonny contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Dagema contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Kahna contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Ikwerre contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Ogu-Bolo contingents participating in CARNIRIV 2012 International Aquatic Fiesta Tourist Beach in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Children’s Party


Ekere: Rhythm of the Tribes

Closing Ceremony

Sam Dede

Duncan Mighty

Muma Gee

Omawumi

Timaya

Timi Dakolo

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

22 Comments

  1. Tosin

    December 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    See Omawumi’s face, so full of fun and drama. Nottin do you, dis woman.

  2. spinky

    December 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    lovely i miss homeeeeeeeeee

  3. Ansad

    December 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Dude!! in batman costume LOL..

  4. PLUSH & LUSH

    December 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Is Calabar sleeping? Rivers has stolen the show o! As for Abuja carnival, I can only do one thing…laugh bcause it is one huge, very colossal joke!

    • Idak

      December 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I don’t know of the rest of the Carnival but the Gospel nite was one huge apology. Started four hours late,crowd was scanty and filled with miscreants that made sane folks like us feel very uncomfortable and unsafe. The organisation and attendance of that first night was a very huge failure. I hear the rest of the days were better. On that first night, i expected something similar to what Akwa Ibom state did in Uyo two nights back.

  5. Proudly Cross Riverian

    December 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    No, Plush & Lush. Rivers hasn’t stolen the show at all. This is a watered down, copycat version of The Calabar Carnival. It looks colourful though. I’m glad that other states are ‘copying’ us 😀

    • Couture By Makioba

      December 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

      this has been on since 1988 (CARNIRIV ’88) Pls ask around….

  6. Ngozi

    December 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Y wont other states think of something to do. Y must dey copy calabar carnival. Habba. Well calabar carnival is still the best come. 26 th and 27th.

    • Couture By Makioba

      December 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

      this has been on since 1988 (CARNIRIV ’88) Pls ask around….

  7. dont mention

    December 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    that looks like fun….me like
    vikkyscreed.blogspot.com

  8. Zina

    December 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Ikwerre Mekaaaaa ………. PH for Life

  9. omoibo

    December 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I like, very chill melody….I call this cruising music, just riding around with no particular destination in mind 😉

    • omoibo

      December 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Oops, wrong posting 🙂

  10. igbo canadian

    December 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    hitting ph 24th can’t wait ooooo.

  11. i no send

    December 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    jokers….

  12. Soraya

    December 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Woow, beautiful show! Agbani looks gorgeous- she looks good enough to win both the MBGN and Miss World contests even today!

  13. Mim......

    December 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    correction bella naija, its not ‘Ikhana’, but ‘Khana’ 🙂

  14. Creamy_Amie

    December 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Yer, I agree with u Soraya, she is indeed beautiful.
    I think the carniriv went well.
    Thank GOD!

  15. skinnygirl

    December 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    @bella, its KAHNA not Ikana LGA and OGU-BOLO not Ogwu-bolo LGA…. lovely pictures, proudly RIVERS… 🙂

    • Mim......

      December 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

      noooo, not ‘kahna’, please dont mess up the name of my tribe, its KHANA, thank you 🙂

  16. Peperempe

    December 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Alex Ekubo & Uti Nwachukwu….Did you guys take a blood oath to attend every single event for the whole of 2012??? Ah ah! This is some spiritual situation right here!

  17. rivers pikin

    December 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    @Bella- its Degema and not Dagema.

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