It was indeed a blend of Culture, entertainment and tradition as events marking the Betem Nation Day gradually unfolds. The festival which is aimed to celebrate the liberation and safe return of the Betem people from the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, was this year witness by people coming all over the nation (Nigeria).
The epoch events which was filled with amazing memories was grace by people from all works of life.
This years celebration is centered on a complete rebirth of the Betem people, that is, a dawn of a new era. The event which cut across 6 days of intense display of culture, hospitality and a solemn assembly where chain of prayers to God for a new dawn in the community where lead by different clergies representing the number of religious organizations in the community, marks the beginning of the festival.
In an interview with one of this years organisers Mr Chris Sam, he has this to say. ” This year we have painstakingly spend time, though on short notice to put up an event which we believes could be rated in an international standard by carefully planning all the activities to be engaging, entertaining and impacting. Betem Nation Day Celebration has grown to a stage where the government should see to it promotion, including it as part of the major festivals in the country. as it is a celebration which comes with a high potential that will boost the tourism sector.”
In his remarks, the president of the Betem Youth Council, Mr Bassey Ukpa, highlighted the need for collaborations from various business brands, and also pointing out the spiritual and physical importance of unity, not leaving behind the economic significance of the celebration. The Betem Nation Day Celebration is a time when doors of love, harmony, peace and victory is opened to the inhabitants of the community and neighboring communities. This special day is marks as an anniversary for the successful return of survivors of the Nigerian/Biafra civil war.
Betem Nation Day Celebration, is celebrated every year with colors of African cultures, entertainment and tradition every 14 – 19 January of each new year.
The event also has the performances of Sight and Rhymes music stars Kaita and Royalty thrilled the audiences, giving the atmosphere a feeling of Afropops mix with un-resist-able dance steps.
Royalty with CEO sights and Rhymes Chris SamRoyalty Doing what he knows best
Happy dancers of the Ekpe Cultural dance
Honorable Daniel Ivang (AbujaEkpe 1) and Mr Eyo Egbai (coolJ)
A cross section of members of the Betem Traditional Rulers Council
A cross section of Abang Cultural Dance
Happy carnival participants with Mr Chris Sam CEO Sights and Ryhmes Media during the carnival float.
A cross section of dignitaries from across the state (Cross River)
Honorable Mrs, Ada Charles (Commissioner LGA Affairs with her friend)