Following the cancellation of the 2020 Carnival Calabar tourism event due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the lives of people, the Cross River State Government is commencing early preparations for the 2021 event in order to make up for the lost year.

According to a statement by Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Governor Christian Ita, the carnival did not hold in 2020 due a directive by the Federal Government against large crowd events in the country owing to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To kickstart the 2021 preparations, the state governor, His Excellency Sir Ben Ayade, will in the first week of February, inaugurate a content development team.

The team will have the core responsibility of working out modalities that will incorporate every aspect of entertainment into the carnival.

The aim is to have a carnival that is richer in content, bigger, bolder and better organized.

The same team will be saddled with the responsibility of organizing this year’s event to mark the Valentine season.

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