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UNILAG moves to promote Nigerian-Chinese relationship



UNILAG moves to promote Nigerian-Chinese relationship


By Victor Asije

Lagos, Feb. 21, 2019 To create a better understanding and
interaction between Nigerians and Chinese, the University of Lagos
(UNILAG) on Thursday announced its plan to establish a Nigerian –
Chinese Experience Centre in Lagos State.

Prof. Olufemi Saibu, Director of the Institute of Nigeria-China
Development Studies, UNILAG, told the News Agency of Nigeria in
Lagos that Nigeria should also establish a similar centre in China.

According to him, there has been a lot misunderstanding between
Nigerians and Chinese due to lack of openness, issues of mindset and
language inhibitions.

“We are really working at how best to create more understanding
between Nigerians and the Chinese. We want to trust the Chinese as
much as we want the Chinese to trust us.

“The Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies in
UNILAG, therefore, wants to establish a Nigerian-Chinese Experience
Centre where Nigerians and the Chinese can interact freely for a better
understanding of themselves.

“Through this centre, our one-on-one interaction would strongly be
enhanced. And we can begin to know ourselves better, rather than have
biases for ourselves,’’ he said.

Sabiu advised Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunities
currently being offered by the Confucius Institute in Nigeria to learn
to communicate in Chinese Mandarin language.

The professor of Economics also said that it was important for the Chinese
to begin to learn to communicate in Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba languages, for
easier business and personal interaction with Nigerians.

“Just as the Chinese are today coming to teach us their language,
Nigeria should also create a centre in China to teach the Chinese to speak
Nigerian languages.

“This way, the Chinese can learn to speak Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba
languages in China, before coming to do business with Nigerians,’’ he

The institute’s director said that an understanding between the people
would also promote the much desired win-win cooperation between China
and Nigeria in the years ahead.
(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)

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