Detty December has been packed full with events, and it would seem after Christmas the tide would slow. Wrong! If anything, the festivities start entering another gear. With the New Year approaching, it is a celebration galore from here on out.
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Here are a few events celebrated this period:
Cultural Festivals & Carnivals
- Usoro Isong Inyang
This aquatic regatta feast is celebrated by the Itu people of Akwa Ibom State. It is a fishing festival usually celebrated by the riverine communities along the Itu river estuary of the state. They put the large species of fish caught on display. It is a festival to display mastery of the art of seafaring and warfare because of the terrain. It takes place in the months of November and December.
- Mbok and Nkwobo festival
This traditional wrestling festival comes up on the 24th of December to commemorate the outing ceremony of young maidens in Oron/Oruku areas of Akwa Ibom State.
- Ogwashi-Ukwu Carnival
This is a three-in-one festival held in Ogwashi-ukwu town, Delta State on the 24th and 25th of December. It starts with a street show of masquerades, colour displays, processions and proceeds with a music night and a grand finale of carnival dinner night on the last day.
- Nwaotam Dance drama festival
This festival is celebrated by the Ibani people of Opobo in Rivers State. It begins on the 25th of December and runs into the New Year. This cultural display is to value Otam, the God of the forest.
- The Abuja Carnival
This Kubwa carnival is also known as the Abuja FCT Nigeria Carnival and Parades normally takes place before the end of December every year at Kubwa, Abuja FCT Nigeria. The scheduled date for the event is 31st December 2021.
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- Calabar International Carnival
This carnival is dubbed Africa’s biggest street party. This carnival starts from December 1st to 31st. The major carnival event usually starts in the last two weeks of the Calabar carnival. The carnival has four parts which include: 1st–10th December, the Millennium Week; 12th–17th December, the Sports Week. 19th -24th December is the TINAPA Family Festival, and 25th -31st December is the Carnival Week. The first three weeks of the event will have concerts, entertainment, street parties, art shows, food competitions, an esteemed essay writing competition, masque events, and traditional dances.
- Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival
They usually hold this carnival from December 29th–January 1st in Uturu town, Abia State. This festival is a show of dance drama, theatre, music, dance, masquerade, and acrobatic displays of various genres and vibes.
Palm Wine Culture and Art festival comes up on the 25th December 2021 at The Patio in Lekki Phase 1. This gated event features masquerade displays, Art Exhibition, Live Art, live tattoo Inking, Palm Wine Pong, entertainment, and more.
Stage plays and Movie Screenings
The Live Stage Production of Toyosi Ige’s The Travails of Young Marvelous Ojapa (The TRYMO) comes up on December 27th, 2021 at Kwara Arts and Culture Centre, Gerin-Alimi, Ilorin, Kwara State. This gated show takes place between 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm that day.
Mamma Mia! The Musical Nigerian Stageplay begins from December 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022, at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos State. This gated event is a family show with 10 shows in 5 days by 2 pm and 6 pm daily.
Currently, the emergence of COVID-19 has affected when or if some carnivals will hold this year. For Instance, the state government cancelled the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carol Festival last year because of COVID and rescheduled it for the 17th of December 2021. There is also the famous Igue festival that used to be within the first two weeks of December. Word on the street is that it may hold this year during the last two weeks of December. Confirm the dates of these events from people living in those states before travelling down.
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