Thursday, 24 December 2015

Bauchi emerges 2015 best cultural troupe in Calabar festival

 
Bauchi State has emerged the 2015 best cultural troupe at the ongoing Calabar festi­val, carting home a star prize of N5 million after defeat­ing five other states of Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Oyo, Kogi, and Kaduna.

Also, in the local govern­ments competition, Bakassi topped the list carting home N3 million as the best overall troupe after being adjudged as the best in the application of the festival theme, en­titled, “climate change”.

Flagging off the cultural parade at the Millennium Park, Calabar, Cross River State Governor Prof Ben Ayade, reiterated the determi­nation of his administration to improve upon the culture and heritage of the state in 2016.

The governor explained that Africa remains the last frontier where civilisation, expansion, growth and op­portunity are becoming hilar­ious, hence, the need to focus on the culture and heritage, improve and bring same to a level that it becomes envy of the entire world.

“Today, Cross River is going to lead the entire Af­rica like we did in the climate change because we believe in the culture and heritage of the African people,” Ayade em­phasised.

Urging the participating troupes to come out with their best, the governor assured that “when you come back in 2016, you would see a re­newed cultural parade with a theme, style and culture, as well as a street dance with African dimension.

“Culture is dynamic, it must grow and we must mod­ernise our culture to reflect the growth of Africa,” the governor explained.

Ayade disclosed that spe­cial provisions had been made for participating states as they would smile home with N3 million each while the overall winning state would cart home N5 million as star prize.
 
 
 
 
 
TheSun

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