The Chinese embassy in Nigeria has affirmed its commitment to sustained collaboration with Nigeria, aiming to strengthen the existing ties between the two countries. The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, made this announcement during the celebration of the 2024 Chinese New Year Temple Fair in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Ambassador Jianchun expressed the desire to continue working with Nigeria to foster economic growth and create opportunities for national development. He used the occasion to symbolise the relationship between the two countries, associating each letter of the word “Dragon” with a key aspect. The letters represented development, revitalization, assistance, guidance, opportunity, and nationalism, highlighting their shared goals for progress.
He emphasised that both countries could build a shared community by leveraging the opportunity for mutual development. The Chinese Lunar New Year, heralded as the Year of the Dragon, signifies strength, wisdom, luck, and prosperity.
The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, praised China for consistently showcasing its rich culture. He emphasised the cultural diversity shared by both nations and the potential for mutual learning and benefits through cultural exchanges. Runsewe highlighted Nigeria’s historical and heritage sites, expressing the need to strengthen cultural ties with China for shared expertise.
The Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Mr. James Sule, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing the relationship between China and Nigeria.
The Chinese Lunar New Year, commencing on February 10, 2024, marks the start of the Year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, concluding on January 28, 2025. The celebration included cultural dance presentations from schools in the FCT, a parade featuring various Chinese cuisines, and a raffle draw.