Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital was yesterday shut down, as thousands of holiday makers from within and outside the state, turned out en-masse for the 2017 Ukapisua street groove, which saw different bands adorned in unique colourful wears.

The state government-sponsored carnival featured a Colourful Cultural procession from University of Uyo Annex through Ikot Ekpene Road, Ibom Plaza, Aka road, and terminated at the Ibom Unity Park on Udo Udoma Avenue.

The breadth-taking event which lasted more than four hours, was flagged off by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo.

Among Nigeria’s top-notch artistes that thrilled the crowd with their musical renditions were Tiwa Savage and Wizkid, while five indigenous band groups are vying for honours in the Carnival.

They were Rolling Hills, named after the Rolling Hills of Itu Local Government Area; Bridge, named after the Bridge of No Return in Ikot Abasi; Beach Town, named after Ibeno beach; Plaza named after the popular shopping Plaza in Uyo and Blue River, named after the Blue River in Ukanafun.

Speaking in an interview with Comfort FM Correspondents, some Ukapisua participants including the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Princess Felicia Bassey and member representing Nsit Atai state constituency, Mark Esset, expressed excitement over the event which they described as the first of its kind.

The participants also pointed that the Carnival, if sustained, would drive the tourism sector of the state’s economy and the Revenue of the state on the long run.

Our Correspondents report that Security and Safety agencies were on stand-by to ensure peaceful and traffic-free movement during the procession.


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