Boaz Ishaku SA.
The first ever Taraba Cultural Carnival, organized by the Office of the wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Barr. Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku through her NGO (None Governmental Organization) “The Hope Afresh Foundation-Taraba” which was held from Thursday, December 14 and Saturday, December 17, 2017, was indeed a successful outing.
The pre-carnival activities witnessed sports and cooking competitions as well as the face of Taraba Carnival pageant which saw the emergence of a beauty pageant as “Miss Taraba Cultural Carnival 2017.
Aside these, the carnival assembled for the first time, all the ethnic groups in the state where they showcased their rich cultural heritage and display some of their cultural artifacts. This will for some time, remain memorable in the minds of many Tarabans.
The rich Cultural dances and displays of different cultural artifacts during the carnival went to show that the state can harness these tourists potential for economic prosperity and for the unity of the state.
Before now, not many people could attest to the fact that Taraba can export Her rich cultural heritage like Cuba, Ethiopia and South Africa who have to use their cultural resource for foreign exchange. But with the staging of the carnival, some local investors are already thinking of this possibility.
The carnival also, apart from bringing the people of the state together and establishing a bond of friendship across ethnic divide, provided a platform for the marketing of goods and products produced by the entrepreneurship trainees of the Hope Afresh Foundation.
Recalled that Her Excellency, Barr. Mrs. Darius Ishaku had upon the assumption of Office of her husband as the Executive Governor of Taraba saw the need to empower the people of the state to become self-reliant and immediately started to the training of people in various trades. Today, many of the beneficiaries are employers of labor. This forum provided such trainees to showcase their products.
Testimonies from people who participated in the carnival from Sardauna to Ibi, Takum to Zing, Kurmi to Karim Lamido attested to the fact that the carnival should be sustained and made bigger to accommodate more activities.
Some of the participants during the carnival echoed the sentiment that such a wonderful initiative should be taken over by the state government, just like the Calabar carnival which has since become an International.