By Olawale Gabriel
The organisers of the annual Ika carnival in Delta State, have promised to consolidate on the gains of last year’s edition.
Speaking on the preparation for the third edition coming up in Agbor in December, Mr. Steve Aderemi, Managing Director, Astol Communication, said that Ika Carnival was a unique display of the people’s heritage, showcased through music, dance, drama and visual creativity which is reflected in the design of floats, costumes and make-up.
He said that the 19 days carnival is the second largest carnival after the Calabar carnival in terms of the number of days it holds.
“Despite the fun and relaxed atmosphere around the Ika Carnival, a great degree of thought, creativity and discipline goes into the interpretation of the event.”
Aderemi added that over 200,000 people were in attendant last year, adding “That contributed greatly to the social life and economy of the area.”
He said that last year’s edition was fun filled and star studded as Whizboy, J.Martin, Oritse Femi, Joe Morgan, and many others were present.
It was spiced with a cultural exhibition, beauty pageant, youth talent hunt, cultural dance, business empowerment, comedy night and many more.
Seeking the support of the state government and private sector contributions to the staging of the carnival, Aderemi said that the carnival has put a stop to youth violence in Christmas period in the area as they have been given the platform to showcase their talents.