South African Hip Hop artistes, Mafikizolo, is among the 30 artists expected to headline this year’s “Carnival Calabar and festivals.”
Ken Aklah, special adviser to the Cross River state governor on events management, disclosed this to newsmen, Wednesday, while unveiling the timetable for the event.
Other artists expected at the event to include Davido, Flavor, Patoranking, Runtown, Timaya, Venessa Mdee of Tanzania, Neza of Rwanda, Inyanya, Style Plus, MC Galaxy, Naeto C, DJ Humility, Tekno and DJ Jimmy Jait, among others.
According to Aklah, “despite the difficult times, the Prof Ben Ayade’s administration in the state will continue to ensure that this noble venture that has brought Cross River to global prominence is not truncated.”
He added, “it was to this end that December salaries were paid in November, pot holes are currently being filled in the three senatorial districts of the state with improved electricity supply.”
He also intimated that about 25 countries were being expected to grace this year’s edition.
On security, Aklah explained that operational vehicles have been handed over to the various security agencies in the state and are already stationed at strategic positions.
“A security camp has also been established and furnished at the Christmas village.”
He disclosed that the last dry run before the Carnival proper will hold on December 17.