Calabar comes alive as festival events unfold

Eme Offiong, Calabar

Florence Ita-Giwa( in green)
Nigerians in Calabar have described this year’s festivities as better than expected irrespective of the current economic crunch.

The people, residents, tourists and visitors alike, spent Boxing Day visiting recreation centres, chasing after various cultural displays such as the Ekpe masquerades.

Others, like professional photographer, Mr. Daniel Williams Cobham spend time and resources taking pictures he describes as “Memories of the festivities”.

Cobham said “taking these photos during the festival and particularly at night helps us preserve these memories and serves as materials for future use. I enjoy taking pictures, it’s a passion and it’s a passion worth sharing with millions of people.”

On the lighting of the city, performed by Governor Ayade of Cross River State, Daniel Cobham described the event as “an incredible moment”.

Food Festival   

According to him, the food festival was another occasion to capture the essence of Nigeria’s unity as people of all cultures displayed various cuisines prepared from freshly harvested organic vegetables and meat.

He said “the smiles on the faces of the people. Their colourful attire and food was a sight to behold. I could not help, but take pictures.”


The Calabar Festival will continue with a youth carnival, bikers’ parade and the climax of the month long event, Carnival Calabar slated for December 28.