*Chapels battle for trophy
*Why we are building cultural exchange with Nigeria – Xiangdong
Journalists practicing in the nation’s capital, Abuja, are warring against themselves in a table tennis battle for honours at the Chinese Cultural centre where chapels of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
This inter-chapel tournament is in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy with support from the Leadership newspaper Limited. It was organised to commemorate Nigeria’s 2017 democracy day.
Amongst the chapels present in the one-day event includes NTA, AIT, Voice of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, Correspondents, Hot FM, Silverbird TV etc The Chinese Embassy presented Team A and Team B and competed amongst the journalists.
Two star athletes amongst the Nigerian journalists expected to win the tournament includes Hot FM’s Obasi and Silverbird TV’s Victor Iroele. Mr Tunde Orebiyi, the General manager Sports for AIT was amongst the guests that graced the opening ceremony.
Speaking to www.gongnews.net the chairman of the host Council of the NUJ, Paul Ella Abechi said, “collaboration with the Chinese embassy is an indication for our commitment to ensuring that journalism is taken to the next level in the FCT with respect to integrating ideas in line with global practises.”
“Our programmes and policies so far have been designed to empower journalists and to separate the wheat from the chaff as a means of providing the needed services in the arena of journalism. Thus, we have so far been putting efforts in ensuring that the bad eggs in journalism are fished out to give the needed credibility to the practise in adhering strictly to the ethics of the profession.”
The Chinese Cultural Counsellor/Director, Chinese Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Yan Xiangdong, conducted journalists round the centre explaining the services and structures within which included classrooms where Chinese
languages are taught, a digital library amongst other historical linkages available to Nigerians in a bid to build a strong cultural bridge with the west African nation.
According to Xiangdong, “Nigeria and China have a vast cultural experiences over decades. Although, both nations have vastly different historical experiences and cultural traditions, China has been remarkably successful in its efforts at promoting Chinese culture in Nigeria.
“We have student exchanges and the proliferation of Chinese media in Nigeria have been the primary mechanisms underpinning the increasing cultural synergy between the two countries,” he said.
“We have intensified joint cultural performances by Nigerians and Chinese. This has made the people share joyous moments together; interacted with each other for friendship, for goodwill, share each other’s light moments.
“This forms the basis for our bilateral relations. For every bilateral relation, we seek the public support of the people. We have to facilitate a better understanding between people from both sides. That is why we are increasingly exploiting the area of media understanding and appreciation.”