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Chinese community declares 2023 year of prosperity

By Guardian Nigeria
24 January 2023   |   2:08 am
.Reaffirms commitment to support Nigeria's economic development Consular General of the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos, Chu Maoming, has declared year 2023 as a year of the Jade Rabbit, which according to Chinese culture,  symbolises prosperity. Addressing the Chinese Nationals, guests and dignitaries during the Chinese New Year celebration, also known…

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.Reaffirms commitment to support Nigeria’s economic development

Consular General of the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos, Chu Maoming, has declared year 2023 as a year of the Jade Rabbit, which according to Chinese culture,  symbolises prosperity.

Addressing the Chinese Nationals, guests and dignitaries during the Chinese New Year celebration, also known as the Spring Festival in Lagos, Maoming said The New Year festivities are meant to bring luck and prosperity.

The colourful event, held at Oriental hotel in Lekki, Lagos afforded the Chinese community to showcase their hospitality.

Prior to the commencement of the event, there was a food exhibition, where guests and Chinese Nationals were treated to delicious food and cuisine.

There was also a display of fireworks used to usher in the year of the Rabbit.

Speaking on the coronavirus pandemic, Maoming  said the post-COVID era would improve between China and the rest of the world.

In an address, a member of the Nigeria House of Representatives, who is also the chairman, House Committee on Trade, Dr Dolapo Badru, hailed the Chinese community for contributing to the economic development of Nigeria.

Speaking on the bilateral relationship between China and Nigeria, the lawmaker said: “We appreciate the Chinese citizens in Nigeria because they have been contributing to the economic development of the country. They have been friendly in Nigeria and I am also aware of their industries in Nigeria where our youths are gainfully employed.”

On his part, chairman of the Commercial Enterprises Association and Huaxing Arts Troupe Nigeria, Dr Eric Ni, restated China’s commitment to embarking on more corporate social responsibility in Nigeria as they have been doing in the past.
Dr Ni said: “As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, the opportunities for us to improve on the relationship between China and Nigeria combined with cultural exchanges, has become more crystal clear, it has become our yearly responsibility to support the Nigeria communities and orphanage homes.

“Our support in education has led us to renovate and furnish some primary schools in Lagos, and also aided us in giving out over 200 scholarships to students of both primary and secondary schools, while our support to low income earning families with food items and cash is something we hold closely to our heart. We will never stop to support the communities that host us.”

Some highlights of the new year celebration included cheque presentation and charity sale for Bethesda Home for the Blind, fireworks, lucky draws, presentation of awards and dances.