Beauty queens at Christmas festival
At least, 15 top finalists of the Miss World 2006 event are expected to grace this year’s Christmas festival in Cross River State, Nigeria.
Briefing newsmen, the Chairman of the Cross River State Christmas Committee for 2006, and wife of the State governor, Mrs Onari Duke stated that the visit was a way to further recognise and explore the creativity of the participants in the areas of music, fashion, photography and dance.
Represented by the Managing Director of the State Tourism Bureau, Mr. Gabe Onah, Mrs Duke said that the programme was intended to sensitise the people on the danger of the sickle cell blood disorder and the HIV/AIDS pandemic nationally and internationally.
She gave the major features of this year’s Xmas festival to include: city walk meant to draw public awareness to battle it, since according to her, “our front battle has paid off with significant drop in its prevalence.
Tourists would be treated to African weekend at the Obudu Cattle Ranch Resort which would also feature hair styles of Nigeria, dress fashions and traditional cuisines by African Embassies and High Commissions in Nigeria.
“We will hopefully, experience wine tasting by South African wine presses who have indicated a desire to collaborate with us,” Mrs Duke said.
Carnival Calabar is a carnival parade of five bands competing for prizes, which she said was very colourful and stimulating, with a strong cultural content that would see local government areas contributing through dance forms of varying backgrounds.
She also hinted that musical concerts, calisthenics, Mary Slessor week as well as boat regatta which will involve various riverine local government areas of the state would also feature.
A new feature for this year’s event, according to her, is the traditional wrestling which Mrs Duke noted was designed to encourage and give recognition to our traditional sports while providing entertainment to residents and tourists in Calabar.