Cross River State Government has nominated Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair of Africa Independent Television,(AIT) as the recipient of Carnival Media Personality Award 2021, for his dedication, hardwork consistency and support of the tourism industry which the flagship of the Nigeria’s tourism Development.
Olanrewaju, a senior Correspondent of AIT in Cross River State has been reporting news, events and other activities of the thirty two days annual event for over fourteen years
In an invitation letter signed by the Chairman of Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, attributed the nomination of Olanrewaju as a way “to showcase our heartfelt appreciation ” for the contribution to the development of the state tourism industry.
“We write to specially appreciate your interest and kind gestures over the years and for your support of our event, Carnival Calabar and hereby invite you as the recipient of CARNIVAL MEDIA PERSONALITY AWARD ,in the first ever Carnival Calabar Awards 2021, an opportunity for us to showcase our heartfelt appreciation ” the letter read in part.
Calabar Carnival festival in Nigeria, also tagged “Africa’s Biggest Street Party”, was created as part of the vision of making the Cross River State, Nigeria, the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourists from all over the world.
The carnival which begins every 1 December and lasts until 31 December has boosted the cultural mosaic of the Nigerian people while entertaining millions of spectators within and outside Cross River state and foreigners, hence boosting the toursim ndustry for all stakeholders.
The Carnival which started in 2004 was the created by the Cross River State Government and currently the second biggest in the world after the Famous Brazil Carnival.