By Gbenga Gbelee
Thursday, September 6, 2018 was a red letter day on the campus of the University of Lagos as 300
level students of the Creative Arts department rolled out the drums for the annual AFRICARIBBEAN
CARNIVAL AND CUSTOMS PARADE.
Being the 13 th in the series, the entire University was thrown into frenzy with the Creative Arts
students being the cynosure of all eyes.
It was a carnival of colours as the students who were grouped to represent various countries had a
swell time flying the customs of the various Nations they represented.
From the Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil to China, Jamaica to South Africa, Egypt and
Ghana, the National colours were richly on display with the students all dressed in elegantly crafted
The street parade was a beauty to behold, the kick off point was the UNILAG sports centre and in a
carnival-like procession, the Creative Arts students danced through major areas of the University
campus from the Dan fodio Boulevard, through the Tafawa Balewa way to the Adesola Akinpelu
way, Ransome Kuti to Alvan Ikoku route to link the faculty of Education and back to the sports
centre, the colours, customs and traditions of the countries represented were on display while passers-
by could not but savour the beauty of the carnival which they all adjudged a break from the norm.
To the participants, the entire exercise aside being of academic importance was also worthwhile.
Those who shared their experiences in a chat with UNILAG TV news adjudged it challenging in view
of the peculiarities of planning and preparing for such a big academic project, they however described
it as fun and rewarding in view of the eventual colourful turn out.
After the custom parade, the indoor arena of the Sports Complex was another place to be as the crowd
of audience, spectators and judges were treated to a Viva.
Each of the groups took time to speak about the countries they represented, their location on the world
map, their traditions, customs, cuisines, way of life, significance of their National colours and other
salient information to the admiration of the cheering crowd of spectators and the judges.
In a chat with UNILAG TV news crew, the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Director, Institute of African
and Diaspora Studies, Professor Muyiwa Falaiye said the annual Africaribbean Carnival and Custom
parade has become a permanent feature of the Department of Creative Arts and the mission is to
celebrate the richness, the many beauties and the uniqueness of the African continent.
The theme for this year’s carnival, according to the event coordinator; Dr, Cornel Best Onyekaba is
Peace, Dr. Onyekaba said the whole essence is to underscore the importance of peace in the quest for
progress and development locally, Nationally and globally.
At the end of it all, the Bahamas emerged top for the street parade while the prize for the best custom
and Make up went to Egypt.
Trinidad and Tobago emerged as the second runner up, Bahamas smiled home with the first runner up
position while the prize of the King and Queen as well as the trophy for the 2018 UNILAG
AFRICARIBBEAN CARNIVAL went to Brazil.