About Carniriv | The Port Harcourt Carnival

CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL is Africa’s largest carnival and Nigeria’s oldest carnival- this owing largely to the pre-extant CARNIRIV ’88 franchise. CARNIRIV ’88 in its time was a one-off and without the requisite support to ensure continuance the event slipped into obscurity.

In every way conceivable, CARNIRIV ’88 is the direct ancestor of CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL. From 1988, through to 2008, the idea of staging a carnival with statewide participation morphed in a number of forms- most notably in the form of RIVIFEST- until the emergence of the current carnival. CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL was construed and staged in 2008; and with it came the poignant allure to build a sturdy and ultimately attractive carnival brand..

The government of Rivers State recognizes CARNIRIV as its biggest tourism export. With economic interests increasingly identifying tourism as a viable alternative to the fossil fuel economy- especially in these parts- the state government has exhibited its commitment to developing this carnival into a regionally unrivalled and globally reckoned tourist attraction. By allying a sound and strategic ideology with empirical business models and just the right amount of private-sector participation, this objective is realizable.

Rivers State is known as the land of a thousand masquerades. With a fine variety of spoken tongues, numbering over 300, it is somewhat easy to discern the beauty in the diversity of its peoples. Very many civilizations, ancient and seemingly ageless as they are, quite simply draw attention to the richness and unspeakable eminence of the collective heritage of the Rivers people. Simply put, we are the microcosm of the macrocosm, a Nigeria (with all of its cultural and ethnic diversity) within Nigeria. This, to all intents and purposes, is at the core of the philosophy and guiding principle of CARNIRIV: THE PORT HARCOURT CARNIVAL.

Every edition of the carnival, since its inception, has brought citizens of the state and visitors alike out on to the streets of Port Harcourt in droves- just as it has implicitly, albeit spontaneously, concocted a micro-economy within and around attendant activities. CARNIRIV is good for the economy of Rivers State and of Nigeria, by extension; and with a future burning bright, the direct impact on the economy, in an entirely positive way, can only be fathomed with unbridled glee.

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CARNIRIV 2015| RIVERS PEOPLE, PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE

Carniriv 2015 promises to be a blend of artistic maze. A totally divers spree of culture, tradition, lifestyle in one festival of love


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CARNIRIV 2012 | EXPERIENCE RIVERS

EXPERIENCE RIVERS

A great diversity of opportunities attends us as Rivers people and nearly all of these are a direct consequence of our state’s abundant wealth of resources. These resources are in fervent communion with the elements and with nature’s most abstract rendition of her wholesome beauty- our environment.

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CARNIRIV 2013 | THE GREEN WORLD EDITION

THE GREEN WORLD EDITION

A great diversity of opportunities attends us as Rivers people and nearly all of these are a direct consequence of our state’s abundant wealth of resources. These resources are in fervent communion with the elements and with nature’s most abstract rendition of her wholesome beauty- our environment.

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CARNIRIV 2014 | One Love. One People

A FESTIVAL ON THE HORIZON

In 2014,it is our intention to leverage on the successes of thepast two editions to forge a lucid and instantly identifiable philosophical pathway for the brand. More importantly, it is our thinking that by playing on the well documented virtues unique to our clime, we would be able to deliver a wholesome package, which consistently reinforces the brand CARNIRIV and ostensibly adds the much needed impetus to our tourism development narrative.

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THE CARNIRIV BRANDS