Is carnival an African tradition?

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As Nigeria holds its first ever carnival, should Christians and Muslims condemn the event as pagan and barbaric? The carnival organisers say the four-day event will unite the country and bring in foreign exchange.

The colour, elegance and cultural diversity of Nigeria will be on show with masquerades, a durbar ensemble of horses and traditional circus performances.

But Nigeria's religious leaders claim carnival is not African, arguing that it will promote only idolatry and immorality and invite the wrath of God on the nation.

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