The Annual Calabar Christmas Festival has grown over the past decade to become internationally recognised as Africa’s largest street party, drawing revellers from all over the world to come celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the people of Cross River and Nigeria as a whole. Starting the year’s festivities is the Carnival flagship event, the Annual Governors ball, instituted in 2016 by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Dr. Ben Ayade. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of the past year, entertain stakeholders, international delegates, friends of the state and of course launch the carnival celebrations. First held at the prestigious Calabar International Conference Center in December 2016, this year’s celebration didn’t disappoint, with event planners SabiGroove Limited turning up the look and feel of the event quite a few notches, creating a surreal fairy tale Christmas wonderland of crystals, fairy lights and flowers on the lawn of the Governors lodge.
With amazing performances by Iyanya, Orezi, Styl Plus, Debie Rise, circus acts and international performers from South America and Europe just to name a few, guests were treated to a true Calabar carnival welcome with tons to eat and drink till the early hours of the morning.
The Governors Christmas Party was organised by SabiGroove Limited, an indigenous Luxury events management company in partnership with EddieMPR, and sponsored by Glenfiddich Nigeria, the world’s most awarded single scotch whiskey, Laurent Pierre Champagne, Zenith Bank Nigeria, and Coca-Cola Nigeria.
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