The biting sun of Tuesday afternoon – 11th of September, 2018 – in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) charged into an atmosphere of funfair as students and art lovers in the varsity stormed various roads in the campus on energetic dance. It’s the 2018 UNILAG Africaribbean Carnival.
Students and children danced in a vehicle along the DLI road, UNILAG [Solomon Oladipupo]
The dance parade, which took the participants around the campus, was full of colourful displays of traditional attires of the Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Edo tribes of Nigeria, among others.
Some participants celebrating the Jamaican culture during the carnival
Others rocked indigenous wears of Jamaican, Brazilian and Chinese origin in celebration of what they call the “African/Caribbean spirit.”
Students– some hanging on from the balconies of their halls of residence–, staffs and passers-by all watched on in gay as participants reeled out various dance steps.
A horseman waves at on-looker at the DLI road, UNILAG
Afro beat sound boomed from a speaker in an accompanying vehicle, providing the required tempo for the parade.
The 13th edition of the carnival was a class examination of the 300Level students of the Department of Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts, UNILAG, for the course, African/Caribbean Theatre Laboratory (THA338).
Jamaican-styled dressed dancers during the carnival
Organizers explained that the carnival is aimed at celebrating humanity, most especially Africans within Africa and in the diaspora. The dance culminated at the varsity’s sports centre where the main celebration was staged. Popular comedian, Helen Paul, was among the special guests that graced the event.
Another participants on the typical traditional dressing of Oba of Benin.
Participants circled the Academy of Science round-about, Faculty of Education axis, UNILAG.
Another clique of dancer, mostly female students, celebrating the Igbo tribe.
High spirits as another clique wade thorough the hot afternoon sun around staff quarters in the Faculty of Education axis, Akoka Campus, UNILAG.
Student on Chinese traditional wares around the DLI road, Akoka Campus, UNILAG.
A participant wearing an elaborate hairstyle made of local materials
High spirits as dancers march by along the slight muddy road.