Nkukwak: Cross River Marks 2020 Tourism Day in Style

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… as stage play displays Nigeria’s rich culture

The Cross-River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism Development has recorded another milestone for serving researchers’ proven medication for mental health, general well-being and relaxation to Cross Riverians as a unique way of marking the 2020 World Tourism Day in a post Covid era.

Notably, every September 27 is set aside by the United Nations to mark World Tourism Day. This year, the 2020 edition of World Tourism Day themed: “Tourism and Rural Development”, celebrates the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.

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To celebrate the day, the Cross-River State Ministry of Culture and Tourism staged a play which could pass as the most creative way to mark such event.

The historic Cultural Center, Calabar came alive from about 4pm with the pioneer Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Eric Anderson, giving his remark and assuring the people of continuous innovations from his creative bank to ensure that the state maintains its place of pride as Nigeria’s choice destination.

Titled NKUKWAK, the command performance infused music, dance and drama to make a perfect dose of edu-tainment, showcasing the best of Cross River talents as they displayed the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria.

Amazed by the outing, the state Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. Stella Oreme Odey was short of words to express the pleasure derived for the time spent to watch the presentation. She commended Mr. Anderson for interpreting Governor Ayade’s vision and being a ‘square peg in a square hole’.

Also speaking on behalf of the Cross-River State Government, the Chairman of Tourism Board, Mr John Utsu commended the Commissioner, team and cast of NKUKWAK for proving to the world that the state is not just rich with natural resources, but also blessed with talents.

Amongst the dignitaries present were the former Commissioner for Finance, Rev. Takis Kaifas and the Commissioner for Lands & Town Planning, Prof. John Inyang. Others were the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Carnival Planning, Effiong Ekpenyong (Double E) and his colleague in charge of the Cultural Center, Mr Victor Ekpo Ita, while the Special Assistant on Entertainment, Effiom ‘Trombone’ Bassey graced the stage to spice the performance with music.

Credit: NseAbasi Nelson