ABUJA CARNIVAL           Review              
    The Carnival Roadshow Company has been commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to advise and assist in  creating and hosting the first ever Carnival in its capital city of ABUJA.      

The Abuja Carnival will

  • showcase traditional African Carnival of Music, Dance and Arts
  • celebrate the individuality and unity of the State Governments and people of Nigeria
  • celebrate the role of the City of Abuja as the Unifier or the Centre of Unity of Nigeria
  • educate and inform the world of the rich, culture and history of Nigeria.
  • highlight Nigeria as safe and secure destination for tourism.
  • showcase Nigeria as a country steeped in culture, history and modernity.
  • be the vehicle for active promotion of the tourist attractions in Nigeria.
  • be the vehicle for the promotion and encouragement of domestic or inter-state tourism in Nigeria
    The Carnival will be fun, engaging the natural talents of the 2,000,000 Nigerians expected to take part in the celebrations;    
    The highlights of the four-days’ extravaganza will include:


  • This is an established cultural event commonly found among the people of Northern Nigeria. It is one of the world’s longest processions of horsemen and women and reveals the past glories of the Emirate before the influence of Western culture. 

    The horses are clad in rich costumes and decorations and their riders are usually adorned with swords, polished and glinting and rich traditional headwear and robes. 

    There will be a 5,000 strong Durbar procession through the designated area of Abuja.

    Boat Regatta
  • This is a display of the rich cultural heritage of the riverine people of Nigeria. 

    They dance, gyrate and put up performances to thrill their audience. 

    The Abuja Carnival will parade this flamboyant and colourful regatta on the streets, as well as on the lake.


Traditional Music and Dance
  • Nigerian tradition is music rich. It is said that music is the essence of Nigerian life. 

    Some of the traditional music and dance that will be performed include Koroso Dance Music from Kano State; the famous talking drum music in Western States; the Atilogwu from the Eastern part of Nigeria; Jarawa from Plateau; Ekemini music of Akwa-Ibom State; Swange dance of the Tiv to mention a few. 

    Of course, all these traditional dances will be performed in both a traditional and contemporary manner and the music played will definitely include many other forms of contemporary dance.


Static Sound Systems
  • DJ's playing contemporary international music from Africa, US, the Caribbean and Europe will be a major feature of the Abuja Carnival. Strategically positioned around the Carnival Route, they will encourage the cross cultural fertilisation between local art, culture and the international music scene.
  In order to ensure the success of the Carnival, the Carnival Roadshow Company will advise and work with the Abuja Carnival Management Committee on
  • Management and technical documentation of the Carnival

  • Carnival’s Objectives and Strategic Orientation

  • Carnival Spectacle and Target Spectators

  • Mode and Style of The Presentation of the Carnival

  • Level of Quality and Diversity To Be Expected
  • Framework of Management Issues of the Carnival
  • Carnival Management and Inter-Relationships
  • The Role of Carnival Stakeholders and Their Needs
  • Dimensions of Carnival Resource Utilization and Control
  • The Financial Imperative and Budgetary Control System
  • Environmental Protection and Public Safety at the Carnival
  • Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Requirements
Cultural Parade
  • A parade that includes all cultural expressions of the people of Nigeria. Abuja Carnival 2005 aims to reflect Abuja’s political position as “THE CENTRE OF UNITY”.
Indigenous Circus show
  • The circus is made up of  itinerant players who are mostly acrobats, comedians, fire-swallowers, jugglers, magicians, live animal handlers and jesters.
Nigerian Cuisine
  • Eran Igbe Venison, Isi-ewu, Cow foot, Salted Meats, Fish, Pepper Soup,Ogi, Garri, Obe-Onigba, Obe Eja Dindin, Chin Chin, Puff Puff, Spicy Scrambled Egg, Waina, Akara, Fried Plantain, Kuli Kuli, Dodo Oni and many more delightful dishes to make your mouth and eyes water.


Crafts exposition and lots more
  • Textiles; Leather craft; Carvings; Bronzes; Beads; Paintings; Plaited Baskets etc.


Processional Route
  • The procession will travel for over 7 kilometres along Ahmadu Bello Way and climax in Eagle Square before the Honourable President Olusegun Obasanjo and his guests.
Live Stages
  • Many of Nigeria's leading international bands and performers have been invited to perform at the Abuja Carnival. The performances will follow the outdoor concert format and will be free as part of the Carnival celebrations.
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