Nigerian Carrier, Dana Air, has been announced as the Official Airline for the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival, the programme scheduled to hold on Friday, December 22 at the Uyo Township Stadium.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, who is also Coordinator of the festival, Mr Aniekpeno Mkpanang, disclosed this to newsmen in Uyo, last week.
Mr Mkpanang said, “The Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival is one of the biggest and well-attended Festivals in the world and we are expecting over 20,000 artistes and visitors to fly in from other parts of the country, Africa and the world, hence the need to join ranks and partner with one of the most consistent Airlines in Nigeria right now to ensure a hitch-free, hasske-free, seamless, and on-time travel for all our guests and visitors.’’
“As you may be aware, the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival is the largest assembly of carol singers in the world and this is a global achievement officially certified by Guinness World Records.
“We have a track record of hosting world-class events and we can’t afford to let the ball drop at this point when we are aiming to beat even our existing records.
“We are grateful to our Governor and Principal Host, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for the unbridled consistency of his full support.’’
Communications Manager for Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, while commenting on the partnership said the airline has been flying from Lagos to Uyo for more than five years.
Ezenwa said, “Dana Air is not just supporting the economic activities there, but also providing the best of air transport services with convenient fares to the good people of Akwa Ibom State.
“We are excited about the choice of Dana Air as the Official Airline of the Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival 2017 and we assure the organizers and the State Government of our full commitment.’’
The Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival, which has been holding since 2008 is a gathering of worshippers to celebrate Christmas in a unique and spectacular way.
The festival usually features a grand choir made up of thousands of carol singers, singing carols together in an awe-inspiring way alongside ministration from top gospel artistes from around the globe.
Gospel music legends like multiple Grammy Award winner, Shirley Caeser, Ron Kenoly, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Chevelle Franklyn, Alvin Slaughter, Lionel Petersen, Don Moen among the others, have ministered at this event over the years.
The event has also featured top Nigerian Gospel Artistes like Nathaniel Bassey, Sammy Okposo, Sinach, Frank Edwards, Steve Crown, Panam Percy Paul, Aity Dennis Inyang, Asu Ekiye, Freke, Buchi, Lara George, among the others.
In 2014, the event set a New Guinness World Record to officially become the largest assembly of carol singers in the world.
Having flown over 2.7 million passengers in the last 9 years of its operations, Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading Airlines with daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Uyo.
The airline is reputed for its innovative online products, world-class in-flight service and unrivaled on-time performance.