"Our vision is to make Idoma Africa’s foremost tourist destination"

Established in 2013, the Idoma International Carnival is a four-day unity and tourism-driven carnival which features contemporary and traditional entertainment events. The carnival is held annually in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria. In its seventh edition this year, the carnival is inspired by a common desire amongst its organizers and volunteers to showcase the Idoma cultural heritage and her tourism potentials globally, while attracting investment opportunities to the area. The Idoma International Carnival Organization is a nonprofit and non-governmental organization founded by Prince Edwin Ochai, PhD

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The Carnival events

The parades and other events happen during the three official days of the carnival. The carnival kicks off in the morning and stretches to the afternoon of the same day with procession/Parade in Otukpo followed by migration from Otukpo to Apa between the afternoon and evening of the first day. Later in the evening of the same day is another segment known as burn fire and performances by music artists

Meet the Pioneer

Prince Edwin Ochai

Prince Edwin Ochai was born to a Christian family and hails from Agila Town in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State. He was raised in Port Harcourt by his uncle where he had his primary and secondary school education; he later got a degree in Political Science from the University of Uyo. He is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the founder of the Idoma International Carnival.