The Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies of the University of Lagos has stressed the need for Nigerian students to be exposed to Chinese culture.
Prof Olufemi Saibu, Director of the institute, said this at a speech competition organised by Confucius Institute in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy for Nigerian youths to show their affection for China.
Saibu, whose institute is also a core partner in the event, explained that exposing Nigerian youths to China culture would boost creativity.
He said: “Exposing our students to Chinese culture and civilisation is a positive development for Nigerian polity. An understanding between the people would also promote the much desired win-win cooperation between China and Nigeria in the years ahead.
“It will boost creativity and encourage our youths to be self-reliant. Nigerians should avail themselves of the opportunities currently being offered by the Confucius Institute in Nigeria to learn to communicate in Chinese Mandarin language.”
Prof Wang Yongjing, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, stated that the event was an activity to strengthen Sino-Nigeria ties and friendship.
On his part, Prof Chimdi Maduagwu, the Nigerian Director of the institute, expressed his delight and pleasure with students knowledge of China.
Guan Zhongqi, Deputy Consul General of China in Lagos, commended Nigerians for showing such warmth towards his country and hoped for better and stronger ties of cooperation and friendship.
The event was attended by the principal officers of the university and representatives of the Chinese Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria.
During the competition, students who were passionate, vibrant, distinct and could vividly express their feelings about Chinese history, culture, arts, philosophy, geography, and its people were selected to make a presentation.
Mariam Ojikutu, a 400-level student of English who talked about her affection for Chinese landscape, its history, the people, culture and its language, won the first prize.