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Imo Carnival is a festival in Nigeria, also tagged “Celebration of unity”, which was created as part of the vision of uniting the Imo sons and daughters and making the state the hub for tourism and hospitality in Nigeria and in Africa. The carnival has been designed to be an annual event which begins on every 16th day of December and lasts till the 31st day of every December. It has boosted the cultural mosaic of the Nigerian people while entertaining millions of spectators/visitors within and outside the State, thereby boosting the tourism industry for all stakeholders. Buchi George is the initiator and the founder of Imo Carnival, also the executive director Imo carnival development commission.
Just like every other cultural carnival in Nigeria, Imo carnival is a yearly event that was created to showcase the rich and beautiful cultural heritage of the people.
The Imo Carnival started in 2011 which is aimed at celebrating the unity of all festivals in Imo state has come to stay. The carnival aimed to unite every Imo indigene all over the World and to include more aspects of local heritage and culture and at the same time strengthen the capacity of the locals to participate in an economically beneficial way”,.
The programme of event at the carnival is often drafted by the committee in charge of tourism and cultural activities and new initiatives. The Festival also boasts of music performances, from both local and international artistes, the annual Ahianjoku festival, Ozuruimo festival, Mmanwu (masquerade), Fashion shows, traditional wrestling festivals, Okorocha dance, and other traditional dances, with all traditional rulers in attendance. Carnival villages are set up across every local government in the state, to help carry everyone along.
Other activities lined up for the year according to the work plan, include beauty pageants: mister and miss tourism Imo, an essay writing competition, which involves students from both secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
The essay competition is aimed at resurrecting the reading culture amongst the youth of the State as well as inculcating the carnival culture.
Participants dress in their beautiful attires and parade the streets of Owerri, they parade accordingly in their different local government batches with lots of musical, dance and varying entertainment.
The carnival always brings together Imo indigenes and other individuals from across Nigeria and globally and hosts a lot of well-known artists.

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