China Affirms Pledge for Sustained Economic Collaboration with Nigeria

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The Chinese embassy in Nigeria has declared its commitment to strengthening ties with Nigeria. The announcement came during the celebration of the 2024 Chinese New Year Temple Fair in Abuja, where the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, expressed the mutual interest in fostering economic growth and national development.

During the event, Ambassador Jianchun went beyond symbolic gestures, associating each letter of the word “Dragon” with key aspects of their relationship. Development, revitalization, assistance, guidance, opportunity, and nationalism were highlighted, underlining the shared goals both countries aim to achieve.

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The Chinese Ambassador underlined the potential for mutual development, emphasizing the creation of a shared community that capitalizes on opportunities for joint growth. The celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, marking the Year of the Dragon, further symbolizes strength, wisdom, luck, and prosperity, echoing the aspirations for both nations.

Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, commended China for consistently showcasing its rich culture. He stressed the shared cultural diversity and the potential for mutual learning through cultural exchanges. Runsewe also highlighted Nigeria’s historical and heritage sites, emphasizing the need to strengthen cultural ties for shared expertise.

Mr. James Sule, the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing the relationship with China.

The Chinese Lunar New Year, commencing on February 10, 2024, ushers in the Year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, concluding on January 28, 2025. The celebration in Abuja included cultural dance presentations, a parade featuring diverse Chinese cuisines, and a raffle draw, showcasing the richness of Chinese culture and fostering a spirit of collaboration between the two nations.

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