The China Cultural Centre, Abuja, has marked it’s 5th anniversary. The Centre, which was established in 2013 to boost the China-Nigeria Cooperation and Cultural Exchange agreement between the two regional giants, has benefited the people’s of the two countries immensely, according to Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, in a congratulatory message.
The Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, who also doubled as the Director of the China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr Lee Xuda, who delivered the goodwill message of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping explained that China’s Ministry of Culture, established the Centre in 2013, with the aim of creating better understanding between the two cultures.
“Since it’s establishment, the Centre has through Seminars, Students, language teaching and other programmes and activities enhanced mutual understanding between Nigeria and China.”
Ping urged the Centre to continue to be a veritable platform for Cultural Exchange and People to People contact between Nigeria and China.
The anniversary, which was celebrated along with the Chinese Moon Festival, had a 31 member delegation and various performing artists from the Wuhan Municipal Culture Bureau visited Nigeria, and entertained quests at the occasion in songs, dance and a acrobatic display.
The Chairman of China Alumni and former Director of Culture in Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr George Ufot, went down memory lane to trace how the cultural exchanges between Nigeria and China, all began.
“In 2012-2013, I was the then Director of Culture for Nigeria’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Working with the then Minister, Edem Duke, we did the paper work for the approval of this Centre.
“The Centre has contributed in no small measure to the capacity building of our people.
“On our part, in 2012, Nigeria had its Cultural Week in China but due to economic downturn, we could not continue what we were doing.”
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