Not less than four hundred bikers will be participating in the 2016 edition of the Calabar Carnival in Cross River State, Southern Nigeria.
The Bikers’ dry run which precedes the parade billed for December 27 was flagged off by Governor Ben Ayade.
Akin Ricketts, the President of the Metallic Knights Motorcycle club in Calabar and organizer of this year’s parade told newsmen that several celebrity members in Nigeria would be on the streets.
He said “As a club formed barely one year ago, our motto is drive safe, drive home. In as much as we are going to thrill spectators, our watchword is caution as we take over the streets. Today, we have all our members and bikers from other clubs around Nigeria here for the pre-carnival run. We use this exercise to establish the route and create awareness to the public that this year’s event is going to be bigger and better”.
He also sheds more light on what the club members have in store for their spectators come December 27th
“For today, the Millennials of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State; bikers from Imo, Edo, Enugu and other clubs are here. We are giving the people a little glimpse into what will be on display on the 27th. There are three stunts men today and on the carnival day, we will have those from sub-saharan Africa here – Ghana, Togo, as well as a couple of experts”.
According to him, the group also has some female participants known as Fly and Tigress who are professional riders as well. They rode their bikes all the way from Uyo to Calabar.
The Chairman of the State Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah said that the bikers’ dry run was reintroduced by Governor Ben Ayade as a constant feature of the Calabar Festival calendar.
He said “The Governor has keyed into the carnival and has introduced new features to make the event bigger and better. The 2016 bikers’ parade is a segment of the carnival that many Nigerians always look forward to. For this year, we will have about 400 bikers’ on the show. Our own Akin Ricketts is spearheading the event this year and we expect to have expert riders from across the globe and we guarantee that it will be much bigger than 2015.”
He also said “with the scares, forex and knowing that Nigerians love to relax, Calabar is the place to be.
Some of the stunts men performed to the admiration of spectators as they rode along the carnival route more than four times with Governor Ben Ayade taking the lead on his red power motorcycle.