By Our Correspondent
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, Senator 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 civilization, expansion, growth and opportunity is becoming hilarious, hence the need to focus on the culture and heritage, improve upon it, and bring same to a level that it becomes the 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 emphasized.
Urging the participating troupes to come out with their best, the governor assured that “when you come back in 2016, you will 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 modernize our culture to reflect the growth of Africa,” the governor explained.
Ayade disclosed that special provisions have been made for participating states as they would smile home with N3 million each for participating, while the overall winning state would cart home N5 million as star prize.
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