Those who have been in Ibadan for decades will no doubt attest to the fact that the Havana Music Carnival is the oldest carnival in the ancient city. The carnival was instituted in October 1955 by the Sigma Club, a social and philanthropic students’ organization, founded in 1950 in the University of Ibadan. The club has over the years, become a breeding nucleus for detribalized gentlemen where high premium is placed on good character, discipline, honour and integrity. The purpose of the carnival then was to inspire the youth positively and give back to the society and more than five decades after, it has not changed. Over the years, the club has been known to host a carnival with unparalleled opportunities to engage the town with intellectual display and glamorous entertainment accompanied with captivating musical talents. Havana Music Carnival also serves as a relaxation avenue for both staff and the students of higher institutions and the overwhelming multitude of pilgrims usually from all part of the country.
The proceeds generated from the event is directed towards helping the needy and the less privileged in the society. Sigma Club’s Chief, Shuaib Abdulrasheed has assured that the proceeds from this year’s carnival will go to the victims of the flood disaster in Ibadan.
The 45th edition of the carnival will be a 4-day event running from the 13th through 15th December, 2011.
Programmes lined up include cleaning of the drains on the University of Ibadan campus, free medical check up as well as a mentoring session. The Miss Havana pageant will hold on the last day with the musical carnival. While all other events will be taking place within the UI campus, the musical carnival holds on Friday 15th at the Trans Amusement park. Top rated artistes like Alabi Pasuma, Sir Shina Peters, Olamide, Sound Sultan and Terry G are billed to perform.