It was celebration all the way for Passion 4 Band, as it clinched the first position in the ongoing Calabar Carnival in Calabar, Cross River State.
The competition which began with a 12-kilometre dance parade, was declared opened by the State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade. It was wrapped up at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium, where the final assessments were taken by the judges.
This year’s edition of the Carnival marked the 11th edition of the Carnival Calabar and Festival, and the first to be organized by the incumbent administration.
Touted as Africa’s biggest street party, the event exuded its usual seductive ambiance of glitz and glamour as revelers turned out in large numbers to witness the tourism event.
All the traditional five competing bands delivered great performances at the event, but the tiara was adjudged to fit Passion-4 better. Seagull came second while MastaBlasta came third. The two other bands; Bayside and Freedom bands scored the lowest votes from the judges.
The event was not only the gathering of beauty queens drawn from across Nigeria’s pageant industry, it also attracted popular Nollywood acts including Patience Ozokwor; KenethOkwonkwo; Shan George; Joseph Benjamin among others who hit the streets of Calabar in style
Governor Ayade during the flag off ceremony noted that the idea of using beauty queens to constitute his band came from his wife, Dr. Lydia Ayade adding that she has keen interest for beautiful young girls and hopes to take some of them overseas to actualize their various dreams.
This year’s carnival, with the theme ‘Climate Change’ went a step further registering performances from 11 countries, including Brazil, Kenya, Spain, Rwanda.