The much talked about Imo Carnival 2014 kicked off in Owerri, the state capital on Tuesday. According to Leaderassumpta website, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture, and Chairman, 2014 Imo Carnival Committee, Mr. Paddy Obinna said the carnival is geared towards showcasing the economic, fun and human developmental strengths of His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
Mr. Obinna, who disclosed this in a press conference at NUJ Press center said that the carnival which will last for seven days is a self-sponsored event, using the ordinary people in the state to do the extraordinary.
No state artiste is involved
However, the claims of the special adviser of using people in the state to do the extraordinary have been challenged as there are claims that no single Imo state artiste is involved in the carnival. There was even widespread claim that they threatened to prevent the carnival from holding. According to the vibesandgist website, “This is way too bad because these artistes work so hard, has so many fans in the state and are recognized by the several entertainment bodies in and outside the state but the government of the state and its entertainment organizers never recognizes or supports these talents that are resident in the state.”
In another development, traders in the state have challenged the state government’s decision to stop all trading activities in the state. They stressed that such will cause untold hardship on the traders and people of the state.