By Onyinyechi Ekoyo
Benefits of cultural carnival have been highlighted by the State Coordinator NYSC, Anambra State, Mrs Blessing Ekere Iruma.
The highlights were contained in her address to mark the 2023 Batch B Stream 11 Cultural Carnival for Corps Members deployed to Anambra State, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Anambra State.
She stated that the NYSC Cultural Carnival exposes the Nigerian Youths to the rich cultural diversities and languages of the country.
Mrs Iruma added that the carnival stimulates in Corps Members, uncommon creativity and innovations often epitomized in their improvisation of costumes and other variants aimed at making the carnival unique and colourful.
Using some locally produced materials during the carnival, she maintained, acts as self advertisement and admirers of such items, clamour to purchase them thereby providing revenue for the producers of such materials.
Another benefit derivable from cultural carnival, she pointed out,is collapsing of all forms of social, gender, religious barriers and extending the hands of fellowship across the cultural groups.
The State Coordinator, therefore, called on town unions and other youth organisations to endeavour to evaluate the gains derivable from NYSC Cultural Carnival and embark on the planning and execution of similar ones to harness the talents of youths and in the process create wealth for them.
Our correspondent reports that the tribes that participated in the cultural carnival competition were Yoruba, Hausa, Efik, Idoma, Igbo, Tiv, Urhobo, Benin, Igala and Ijaw. The results of the contest indicated that the platoon 5 that showcased Igbo culture came first, followed by Platoon 7 that featured Urohbo and took second position and Platoon 1was placed third.