China And Nigeria Are Exploring New Ways To Promote Cultural Exchange And Mutual Learning Under The New Normal -Li

The Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Nigeria and Director, Chinese Cultural Centre, Mr Li Xuda has revealed that China and Nigeria are exploring new ways to promote cultural exchange and mutual learning under the new normal. 
Mr Li made this revelation, Friday, in Abuja, at the Awarding Ceremony for 
China-Nigeria National Day Celebration & Solidarity in Defeating COVID-19Photography Competition. 
He commended the successful hosting of competition and also congratulated the awardees on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and the China Cultural Center in Nigeria, “I sincerely congratulate the successful holding of the Photography Competition with the theme China-Nigeria National Day Celebration & Solidarity in Defeating COVID-19! and I also warmly congratulate all the award winners for your excellent work!” 

According to Li, “2020 marks the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China and Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, it also sees the 49th Anniversary of our bilateral relations as well as the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), what a special and memorable year! So many Anniversaries showcase numerous achievements and fruitful results in our two countries’ exchange and cooperation in all fields including social, political, commercial, cultural, educational, etc…”
It would be recalled that, in 2018, Nigeria and China signed  the Protocol of the Program on Implementation of Cultural and Educational Cooperation and Exchange between our two governments in Beijing. 
According Li, since the signing of the agreement, the people-to-people relations have been highly deepened and broadened, high level cultural officials successfully visited the other country, China’s positive participation in many Nigerian major cultural events such as Abuja International Film Festival, International Arts and Crafts Expo, International Paintings Exhibition, Nigerian Cultural Carnival. 
He further revealed that a lots of capability building and training programs have been smoothly completed.
“Last year, over 10 Nigerian cultural officials attended various seminars in China, a delegation of Nigerian artists visited Hainan Island of China, and a cultural exhibition group from Hainan visited Nigeria as well; early this year, Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe presented two grand shows at Nigerian Air Force Auditorium, Nigerian dancers, singers performed together with Chinese artists on the same stage here at China Cultural Center to celebrate 2020 Chinese New Year! What a perfect integration of Chinese and Nigerian cultures at the Chinese New Year Temple Fair!”
He said China and Nigeria has, since the outbreak of COVID19, early this year, been supporting each other, standing together and fighting shoulder to shoulder against the global “We have been trying to find new ways to promote cultural exchange and mutual learning under the new normal. With the aim to further strengthen our brotherhood relationship, deepen traditional friendship between our two peoples, commemorate both countries’ National Day on 1st October, recognize the resilience and strength of Solidarity in Defeating COVID-19, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and China Cultural Center in Nigeria, held 2020 photography competition.”
Speaking on how the winners were arrived at, Mr Li revealed that, “Within three weeks, 80 people took part in the competition, among them are some veteran photographers and young talents. 
“Finally we received over 300 photos, which not only showcase Nigerian vast and beautiful landscape, colorful and diversified arts and culture, simple and unadorned daily life, honest and friendly people, but also display the fruitful results of cultural exchange and economical cooperation between China and Nigeria, especially demonstrate our two countries’ strength of solidarity in defeating COVID-19 in this trying time!
“After six judges’ fair selection, 18 winners shared three first prizes, six second prizes and nene third prizes respectively in three categories:Nature, Humanities and China-Nigeria Friendship. Over 30 others will enjoy the Recognition Prizes.”
In a goodwill message delivered by the Director International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms. Memunat Ladi Idu-Lah, said,” It is gladdening to note that relations between Nigeria and China dates back to 49 years ago. The over three decades of cultural co-operation has witnessed several cultural activities and exchanges in the spheres of Arts, Music, Dance, Exhibition, Cultural Administration, Capacity-building, among others.Let me state unequivocally, that China is a committed partner, a dependable ally and a friend in need and indeed. The high level visits of Officials and experts at various times gives credence to these mutually inclusive and productive relations.”
She noted that despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, China has continued to devise ingenious ways of bringing our two countries in a mutually productive relationship. 
“It is our hope that the coming years will take our cooperation to an enviable height.” 

She commended the photographers that took part in the competition and to charge the youth to take advantage of creative opportunities such as this.
Present at the occasion are Mr Abdullahi Shittu, Deputy Director of Department of International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and CultureMr Sulaiman, President of China Alumni Association of Nigeria,Mr Okon, President of Youth Tourism Development Organization, My colleague Madam Linda, Deputy Director of CCCN. 

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