Five popular Nigerian musical artistes who participated in the maiden edition of “Ukapisua” carnival shut down major roads in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The musicians- Tubaba, Tiwa Savage, WizKid, Runtown and Tekno- who Tuesday took part in what is tagged Ukapisua street groove, sponsored by the state ministry of culture and tourism, were almost ambushed by surging crowd along Ikpa, Ikot Ekpene, Oron and Aka roads as well as Udo Udoma avenue.
The carnival is a 2-day festive ceremony to showcase the state as the most sought after tourist destination for Nigerians and tourists around the globe.
“Ukapisua” which means “the end and turn of a new year” is thought-up to create entertainment and recreation while serving as a platform to market the huge tourism potentials and investment opportunities in the state.
At the moment, five bands including Beachtown Band, The Bridge Band, Rolling Hills Band, Plaza Band and the Blue River Band, are displaying on the streets around the city.
Each band led by an artist in massive and stylish truck, have members beautifully dressed in ankara mixed with jean materials and other colourful attires.
The show continues tomorrow Wednesday 27th December 2017, with a Mega Beach Fiesta at the beach in Ibeno local government area of the state.
Nigerian A-list artistes, Phyno and Kiss Daniel, have been confirmed to perform at the event. There will also be beach soccer, beach wrestling, beach volleyball, beach football and other fun activities.
The commissioner for culture and tourism, Mr Victor Antai, said that the carnival is organized to harness the economic potentials of the state.
The carnival was inaugurated by the state deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo.