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Rivers State Tourism Development Agency Struts their Stuff at Nottinghill Carnival + Prepares for CARNIRIV 2013

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Nottinghill Carnival - BellaNaija - September 2013 (4)The Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) served the world a foretaste of what the Port Harcourt Carnival, CARNIRIV,  has to offer. Staged at the Nottinghill Carnival, London, the Rivers State Contingent put the best of Rivers Culture on display with an amazing float and rich cultural display that excited everyone.

In a welcome address, Executive Director, Zmirage UK, Shabaka Thompson said, “it is a privileged position for Rivers State to be part of the Nottinghill Carnival again this year thereby becoming a prominent Nigerian State to make a distinctive cultural intrusion onto the world stage with the Nottinghill Carnival to showcase an authentic African cultural brand called CARNIRIV.” Speaking further on the initiative, Shaba a one time CEO of Nottinghill Carnival said, not only is the move by Rivers State timely, it is also strategic because CARNIRIV is bringing something unique to the world and also something authentically African and creative. He said, “I am an adopted Port Harcourt boy. I am only waiting for my citizenship. I was invited to CARNIRIV in the year 2010. When I got back, I told my family, I have found where my ancestors came from. It is one place you should be”. Shabaka admonished guests at the occasion.

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Rivers State Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Nabs Imeagwu (Center) among other Rivers State Indigenes

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CARNIRIV 2013 - BellaNaija - September 2013002Re-echoing Shaba, Rivers State Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Nabs Imeagwu explained the decision of the Rivers State Tourism Ministry and the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency to use the Nottinghill Carnival as a platform to market the rich culture of Rivers State people to the world saying, “the essence of what we are here to do is to hedge deeper into the platform that has already been established by the Caribbeans to exemplify what other African States ought to be doing to change the narratives about Africa and African culture emphasizing the conviviality of our people and our values.”

In her goodwill message at the event, Sally Sturgeon, Director of the People’s World Carnival, CARNIRIV’s partner troupe at the Nottinghill Carnival said, “we are happy to be partnering with CARNIRIV bringing a carnival of the people of Rivers State on the world stage. This for us is a fulfillment of our vision. We are indeed a people’s world carnival group and we are delighted at every opportunity to showcase cultural diversity to the world.

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From left: Chairman, Okrika Local Government, Barrister Tamuno Williams; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gogo Levi Charles; Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mr. Iboroma Harry; Chairman, Board of Directors, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Deacon Vincent Erinwa and Member, of Board of Directors, RSTDA, Chief John Yowika, at the Notting Hill Carnival

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From left: Nollywood Actor, Bobby Ogoloma; Head of Marketing, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Uloma Saya-Braide and Nigerian Entertainer, Basorge Tariah at the River State Stand at the Notting Hill Carnival

The Rivers State Contingent had prominent citizens of Rivers State adorning the different costumes which attracted the attention and following of a mammoth crowd of Nigerians in Diaspora, Jamaicans, Brazilians and people of other nationalities. The contingent included veteran Nollywood Actor and Director General of Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Dr. Sam Dede, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Nnabuihe Nabbs Imegwu, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Gogo Levi Charles, Special Adviser to Governor on Culture and Tourism, Iboroma Harry, Chairman Okrika Local Government, Barrister Tamuno Williams, Chairman, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, Deacon Vincent Erinwa and Members of the Board of Directors Rivers State Tourism Development Agency such as Chief John Yowika, Charles Awortu, Joeseph O. Ewuse amongt other prominent citizens of Rivers State.
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8 Comments

  1. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE

    September 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I love that they chose to don traditional rivers attire! Good they’re keeping it very nigerian

  2. Wisdom

    September 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    beautiful……….

  3. spinky

    September 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    yes yes yes!!!!!!! proudly rivers baby!!!!!

  4. Warri Pickin

    September 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Very colourful, they beat us to it, we at the OGWASHI-UKWU CARNIVAL DELTA STATE planned show casing our culture at the Nothinghill carnival this year with an entourage of 50 including our King but unfortunately delayed.
    I love culture and i must confess Rivers killed it with this stunning display.
    Am happy Nigeria stood tall this year at the UK event
    Congrats to the River state contigent

  5. lola

    September 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    aww i was in that crowd somewhere lol , it was fun and are parade was the best .

  6. mum enoch

    September 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    With government money. Hmm! God is watching you all in 3d.

  7. amarachi

    September 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Yea can wait

  8. nelly jubo

    November 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    i must say,i’m proud to be a child of d soil..river state..u knw what they say that u never knw what u have untill u lose it,our culture is magnificent,a state with different languages,opinions,culture,lyf style,but one mind,it is truly remarkable,thank u governor Rotimi Amaechi,u’ve touched a sensitive part of our hearts,and the entire committee,u’ve done well..

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