This year's edition of the River State carnival, CARNIRIV, will be a commemorative edition, and it has been titled CARNIRIV 2012 Port Harcourt 100 Edition in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the existence of Port Harcourt.
This was disclosed recently by Dr. Sam Dede, the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) Director-General, while revealing the activities lined up for this year's edition of the carnival which started in 2008.
He said the carnival will be celebrated with its unique blends of culture, music and entertainment as well as the participation of international stars, thereby underlining the distinctiveness and multifaceted character of CARNIRIV as a global carnival brand compared to any similar carnival held elsewhere.
Dede also promised that local and international tourists that will attend the carnival will savour the full bouquet of A-list events already packaged to make CARNIRIV 2012 an unforgettable experience.
To this end, he revealed that Grammy Award-winning reggae star and rapper, Shaggy; compatriot and fellow reggae singer, Patra popularly called the Queen of the Pack; and gospel music sensation, Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa are some of the international music acts and groups that will light up the state at this year's edition of CARNIRIV.
The carnival holds from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15, 2012 in Port Harcourt, the capital city.
The director-general explained that arrangements have been concluded with a number of local and international stars and entertainers that will thrill guests at the carnival which holds from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15, 2012 in Port Harcourt, the capital city.