Nicki Minaj will smile to the bank with a whooping $200,000 USD (N31 million) after her performance at the forth coming Calabar Carnival. The Cross River Government has chosen her to be on the bill of international artistes to perform at the yearly festival which kicks off on December 1st and ends on January 1st. Nicki Minaj whose real name is Onika Tanya Mara was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Her mother moved her to Queens New York when she was five.
The Trinidadian-American rapper and R&B singer is the first rap star to be involved with American Idol as a judge along side delectable Maria Carey and Country singer Keith Urban in September, 2012. Nicki Minaj is one of American fastest growing female rappers that worth $14 million! She won the Female Artist of the Year award at the underground Music Awards in 2008. We hear she has an innate ability to hold her audience spellbound during her performances. This is the rap artiste that will grease the Calabar Carnival Festival come December 1st. Spectators at the carnival will definitely have a swell time as Minaj and other international artistes will join local ones to give them the value for their money. The carnival has hosted both local and international artistes such as Joe, Asa, Neyo, R.Kelly, Sean Kingston, late Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy, Huge Masekela, Tuface, Faze, Chevelle Franklyn, Oliver Mtukudzi, Akon, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Fat Joe, D’banj etc. This is a carnival no one should miss! Calabar Carnival attracts more than 100,000 costumed revellers and well over a million local and international spectators. The carnival, tagged Africa’s Biggest Street Party, is a show of splendid creativity in cultures and traditions from the past and contemporary in costumes, drama and music. Participants at the carnival will dazzle the spectators with their splendiferous costumes which will linger on for a long time. The Calabar Carnival is undoubtedly the largest tourism, leisure and entertainment events in the West African sub-region. It is a thirty-two day of captivating events, unpredictable activities that pulls people from all over the world. It begins on December 1st and ends on January 1st of the following year.