The Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade has said that the 2018 Calabar Carnival will help tell Africa’s true story and also show that the continent has come of age.
The governor said that the continent is now at the epicentre of the world’s development and holds a lot of promise for the future of humanity.
Professor Ayade made this known in Calabar during the flag off of the 2018 calabar carnival which is at the peak of Christmas festivities in the state.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Lynda, presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, Senator Ita Giwa, as well as current Miss Africa, Congolese Dorcas Kasinde, said the continent must come together and find solutions to its challenges.
“We are here to tell the African story ourselves. Africans have a platform to use the opportunity of this dance and drama to tell the African story in a way that we know.
“Everything about Africa is taking a global stage and the platform offered by this event is to show that Africans have really matured”, he said.
Speaking on this years theme which is Africanism, the governor said “Africanism is saying that Africans believe in themselves and so Africans must cone together to find solutions to Africa’s problems.
“So, Africanism is saying think, act, conduct and carry yourself as an African. Africa is not colour, faces but the spirit of the heart, goodness of the heart, niceness of character, love for fellow human beings as well as providing a shoulder for your brother to lean on,” Ayade said.