Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has said the theme for the 2018 edition of the Calabar Carnival will be “Africanism.”
Ayade said there were plans to make the carnival a platform for African discourse.
“Because Nigeria’s foreign policy is Afrocentric, the unification of Africa has become critical, let the carnival speak to power, speak to Africans that the African Union must rise and defend Africa,” the governor said on Thursday.
He added that it is ”time has come when Africa must start thinking as a country and provide a shoulder for weaker African countries to lean on.”
According to him, he made a choice of using the carnival as a platform to tell the African story as well as remind the world that civilization started in Africa and that Africans are the greatest semblance of God.
The governor further disclosed that he intends to bring intellectualism as a more rewarding adventure to the Calabar carnival and indeed African heritage to represent every sector of African structure in the global space.