Rivers showcases Nigerian culture at London Nottinghill Carnival


By Damiete Braide [email protected]

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 The Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) has utilized this year’s London Nottinghill Carnival to serve the world a foretaste of what to experience during this year’s Port Harcourt Carnival, popularly referred to as Carniriv.

The state’s contingent, which was first hosted to a cultural reception at the prestigious African Centre in London by Zmirage United Kingdom, put the best of Rivers culture on display that held revellers at the carnival spellbound.

Executive Director, Zmirage UK, Shabaka Thompson said,” it is a privilege for Rivers State to be part of the Nottinghill Carnival again this year which has made Nigeria to have a distinctive cultural intrusion into the Nottinghill Carnival to showcase an authentic African cultural brand called Carniriv.

Shaba, a one-time CEO of Nottinghill Carnival said, not only is the move by Rivers State timely, it is also strategic because Carniriv is bringing something unique to the world and also something authentically African and creative.

The Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Nabs Imeagwu, explained the decision of the state’s Tourism Ministry and the RSTDA to use the carnival as a platform to market the rich Rivers’ culture to the world.

“We are here to promote a platform that has already been established by the Caribbeans to exemplify what other African states ought to do in bringing to light, the culture of Africans and the conviviality of our people and our values.”

Imeagwu also said that the state government has decided to tie this year’s edition of Carniriv to the wrap up celebration of the centenary anniversary of the city of Port Harcourt.

Shabaka disclosed that Rivers was the first Nigerian state to introduce the Afrobeat genre of music to the Nottinghill Carnival musical tradition as opposed to the Calypso the carnival has been known for.

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  1. They should showcase good cultural Nigeria heritage , Afrobeat genre music well accepted but to exhibit deceit, stubbornness , over ambition and betrayal into UK’s Nottinghill carnival expo predominant in Port-Harcurt is not in our character as a Nation (Nigeria).
    The state’s Commissioner for Tourism and culture Nabs Imeagwu , should take note. Let his cultural outing be devoid of scandals , Nigeria’s image first and should not be a medium to polish Amaechi’s battered image at home. Wishing you a glorious outing and journey mercy.

    • @Owerri. You are truly very stupid and hopeless. How long will it take you to stop castigating Amaechi and his people. Please tell your sponsors that the game is up because whether you like it or not, Amaechi is not a push aside person no matter what or who is involved. He stand firm on what he believe. And that is true federalism. Where are the Agbasos in Imo and Bipi, Wike and co in Rivers State that you support today. But Amaechi still stand very tall. Know the way of the truth and follow it. Dont be paid to smear other people’s image otherwise you will end up being the culprit. Please grow up for once.

      • Ejike, New York on

        God Bless You Hon Bart. Amaechi stands ever taller than all of those devils in human skin. owerri Bastard ! you cannot produce an Amaechi in your generation and those of the unborn. you cannot even be hired to clean Amaechi’s shoes. That is how irrelevant you are. Fools who complin of abuse here will not see anything wrong as long it goes to Amaechi but will complain when their own gods are abused. Idiots !

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  3. Actually, this is not nigerian culture. Why are they coping brazilian carnival while the brazilian want to know about our culture, to perform our dance; this Rrivers people are trying to imitate those who want to take from us…..It not shameful? Where is the rich river culture and their beautiful dance which i have seen many years ago in FESTAC`77.
    Nigerians and the Rivers people should lift up our cultural dance. Today, everyone is praticing karate & ku fu etc, it came from the Chinese, if not that Bruce lee brought it out to the world.
    Lets show the world what we have and they want to see it; not trying to kill the rich cultural dance which we inherited.

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