The Abuja Carnival 2013 which is the 9th edition of the annual Abuja International Carnival held between the 23rd and 27th of November 2013 in Abuja, the federal capital city of Nigeria.

The carnival, which was first held in 2004 has now become an annual fixture in Nigeria. This years carnival is designed to mark the centenary anniversary of Nigeria, and is tagged the Jubilee Carnival.

The 2013 carnival presented an international dimension as many countries participated in the carnival. The 36 states and FCT also participated in the carnival with other government and non governmental groups.

The Honourable Minister for Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke had said that 15 countries indicated their readiness to participate in the 2013 edition of the Abuja National Carnival, in Nigeria’s Federal Capital, Abuja.

The minister had stated this Thursday, 14th November, 2013, at a pre-carnival press briefing in Abuja to announce the Carnival of the Nigerian Centenary. The participating countries include Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe, China, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The minister expressed delight that the carnival has come at a time where the rest of the world will be focused on Nigeria, the biggest black nation on the face of the earth, with a people of immense cultural diversity, and a people whose culture and creative industry had redefined the shared strength of Africa and its creativity.

“This is a season for the celebration of carnivals around the country and you all will recall that as soon as Abuja Carnival kicks off, there will be a relay of carnivals across the country. There will be the Calabar Carnival, Carnival in Rivers State (Carniriv), Bayelsa Carnival, the Enugu Fiesta and, of course, the Special Celebration of Christmas that is usual with Akwa Ibom state and so on,” he said.

According to him, Abuja Carnival, the biggest festival on the African continent, was growing and acquiring a truly international flavour and the 2013 edition will not only witness the usual great performances, street parade, children’s programme, masquerade performances, boat regatta, and cultural presentations, but will be enhanced with the introduction of an operatic performance by Opera Abuja.

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