Havana Carnival has over the years become the biggest carnival in any Nigerian campus.It is also referred to as West Africa’s Biggest Carnival. The Carnival has been in existence since 1955 and it is the oldest event of such pedigree in the history of any Nigerian institution.It is aimed at inspiring the youth positively and giving back to the society. Also, it inculcates the youth values of discipline, courage, care and unity. Havana Carnival has a record of thirty thousand participants consisting of Nigerian Students from all tertiary institutions, Lecturers, working class citizens, fun loving Nigerians e.t.c People come as far as Togo and all over the world for Havana Musical Carnival.
The carnival has brought the best of Nigerian musical acts to the University of Ibadan, notable among them are; Late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Lagbaja, Kwam 1, KSA, Alhaji Ayinde Barrister, Obesere, Saheed Osupa, Seun Kuti, Ras kimono, Majek Fashek, Sir Shina Peters, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Chief Ebenezer Obey, Dr. Victor Olaiya, Orlando Julius, Orlando Owoh, Dan Maraya Jos, Geraldo Pino, Elvy King, Onyeka Onwewu, Christy Essien Ignokwe to mention but a few. There are side attractions in the Carnival too such as the Miss Havana (the queen of Nigerian campus).It is the best Carnival in Sub Saharan Africa.