The Management Committee ofÂ Abuja Carnival 2009 is set to produce a carnival that will be a reference point in years to come from the 21st-24th November, 2009. This much can be gleamed from the array of plans that have been laid out for the 5th edition of the Carnival.
The 2009 Carnival has been tagged the Peopleâ€™s Carnival meant to precede the celebration the 50TH anniversary of Nigeriaâ€™s independence. The new concept driving the Carnival will allow for massive participation of the populace as seen in the redesigning of the carnival route away from elitist Abuja environment where it has always been to a longer and people friendly route.
The new route will avail the organizers of the carnival, the participants and the spectators to create a street show and carnival revelry never seen before on the streets of Abuja.
The need to give the carnival a facelift and do the carnival in its real colours and razzmatazz within the FCTâ€™s peculiar cultural ambience has been drummed into the consciousness of the major stakeholders by the management team led by the Artistic Director of the Carnival, Prof. Bakare Ojo Rasaki at several fora and at the stakeholders technical workshops held in three of the six geo-political zones so far.
The stakeholders have bought into this new vision of the carnival and have promised to up their acts at the carnival to ensure that the turning point towards a real carnival is achieved with the 2009 edition.
The Carnival Management team has also reached out to the sponsors of the participants of the carnival and the corporate world to ensure adequate preparations for the carnival as the realization of spectacles of any carnival is dependent on the seriousness of pre-carnival activities.
This reaching out through marketing activities by the marketing consultant, ENP Nigeria headed by Folorunsho Okenla, former Super Eagle player,the appointment of a culture technocrat cum Governor of Nasarawa State,Alh.Aliyu Akwe Doma as the Pillar of the Carnival and the recently held sponsorsâ€™ forum, foregrounds the new orientation of the carnival as a proper public private sector partnership. The Management Team has assured past sponsors of the Abuja carnival events and potential sponsors of prudent management of resources and adequate value for money.
As the Abuja carnival is set to commence in a few weeks time, the carnival management team is set to recruit volunteers hitherto called national handlers to be the workforce of the various carnival activities.
The volunteers are to undergo training in manning the events and would be engaged based on the requisite skills possessed. This is a step forward from previous practice of having an army of national handlers that do not really add any value to the management of the carnival activities.
Also technical consultants, specialized events managers and qualified adjudicators would be engaged to oversee relevant carnival events in need of such expertise and judgment.
TheÂ already appointed zonal coordinators, made up of tried and tested artistes and cultural practitioners are fully at work at the six geopolitical zones mobilizing for and monitoring the build up to a very successful carnival .The emphasis of the new vision of the carnival is due diligence in all aspects of the carnival.
The Abuja Carnival activities will still feature the usual highlights ranging from the street shows, the childrenâ€™s programme, the masquerade fiesta, the boat regatta, the grand durbar, the command performances, the cultural market/exhibition, the music fiesta, to the food fair/cultural night but the packaging promised to be different.
With the innovative zeal of the new management team of the Abuja Carnival and the supportÂ expected from the stakeholders, particularly the Federal and States governments,the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory and the corporate sponsors,Abuja Carnival 2009 promised to be one to be talked about positively for a very long time.