|A Typical "Carniriv" Scene|
The event which kicked off on Monday 13th December, came to a climax on Friday the 17th with most of the state's twenty-three local government areas in parades along major streets of the city with their colourful troupes.
A chidi opara reports network member who witnessed the carnival reported that the troupes gathered again at the College of Arts and Science compound in the Rumuola area as early as 9.00an on Saturday the 18th from where they proceeded to Aggrey Road in the hearth of the city,
At Aggrey Road, the cultural displays which depicted the various aspects of Rivers state culture was reportedly so impressive that it can only be compared with the Brazilian street carnivals.
After the displays at Aggrey Road, the troupes reportedly proceeded to the Liberation Stadium in the Elekahia area for more displays and closing ceremony.
The governor of the state, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi used the occasion to preach what he called "Change For The Better". The governor reiterated that "from this day going forward, a new energy is sweeping across Rivers state. It carries with it the consciousness of change, renewal and brighter tomorrow".
The carnival was also witnessed by some foreigners whom chidi opara reports learnt came from their countries specifically for the event.
Rivers state secretary of government. Mr. Magnus Abe declared at the event that this year's carnival was the most successful, Mr. Johnson Nte from Andoni west local government area in a chat with us agreed with Mr. Abe.