Cross River State holds first ‘Green Ball’
Each year, Calabar is the centre of Christmas in Africa – with a month of daily events including the continent’s largest street carnival. As part of the State’s growing environmental commitment, this year a ‘Green’ Ball was added to the busy line-up. It is hoped that the ball will become an annual, environmental event, to raise awareness about conservation and draw attention to the regions unique biodiversity.
CERCOPAN was delighted to be invited to take part in the event, which was attended by many distinguished guests including His Excellency Senator Liyel Imoke (CRS Governor). In addition to speeches from Environmental organisations and political figures, there were a wide variety of performances from Rwandan Drummers, Nigerian pop stars, and a range of other singing and dancing acts.
CERCOPAN Director Colin Pringle had the opportunity to speak on national television about the importance of Nigeria’s rainforest habitats. In addition, our staff manned an informative display in the foyer, where we had a constant stream of visitors. The event proved to be the perfect platform not only to extend our message beyond the State’s borders, but also to directly engage influential residents and excite them about conservation. The ball was a big hit with everyone and it has already been decided that next year’s Christmas celebrations will have an even stronger ‘green influence’. We hope to join the Green Ball Steering Committee to help the government as much as possible to make the next event an even greater success.