-Calabar Carnival 2016 – Lord, Please Send Me an Uplifter!
Boy Joshua on my mind. Unfortunately, I can’t recall his surname. Neither do I have any picture of him. But I recall that he wore bathroom slippers and untidy looking clothes, when I watched him on television. I felt embarrassed for him, when he stepped out to compete with other dancers of MC Galaxy’s hit tunes at the 2016 Calabar Carnival in Cross River State, Nigeria on 28th December 2016 .
Joshua looked confident and bold, despite the fact that other competitors looked far older and “better” than him. When the dancing competition began, the teeming crowd including Governor Ben Ayade and his wife unanimously voted for the elimination of Joshua’s rivals. The young boy ended up winning a cash gift of 100 thousand Naira from Governor Ben Ayade. In addition, an anonymous donor gave him the sum of 100 dollars while MC Galaxy gave him two hundred thousand (200,000) Naira.
I remembered the story of Olajumoke Orisaguna, the Agege bread seller (in Lagos State) who accidentally became a star, when I listened to Joshua on HIT 95.9FM, a day after he won that competition. According to him, he had just finished selling “pure water” and picking plastic bottles when his instincts told him to join the crowd of spectators at the Calabar Carnival. Luckily, he found himself at the spot where MC Galaxy was performing before the Governor and other dignitaries. Once more, his instincts told him to step out, when MC Galaxy invited anyone who could dance to step out and compete. That was how God lifted him from anonymity to victory.
Joshua mentioned that he is a Junior Secondary School (JSS) student of West African People Institute (WAPI), Calabar. I imagine that he would be the cynosure of all eyes in his school, when schools resume. I pray for him and hope that he won’t misuse the talent and cash that God has graciously given him.
As we approach 2017, I pray that God would continue to use people to lift up my family and friends, like He used MC Galaxy and State Governor Ben Ayade to lift Joshua up.
Most importantly, let us continue to work hard. Someone would surely recognize and reward our skills, just as Joshua’s skills have been recognized and rewarded.
Trust God and have a blessed 2017!
- Cornelius Ellah
See Carnival Pictures below: