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Chinese proficiency provides opportunities for creativity


UNILAG Basketball team and the Chinese team receiving souvenirs from the Convener of the match, Prof. (Mrs.) Wang Yongjing, at the UNILAG Sports Centre, Yaba Campus.

The Director, Confucius Institute, University of Lagos, Prof. Yongjing Wang, has lauded Chinese government’s efforts at providing platform for citizens around the world to connect and learn Chinese language and culture, in order to position them for scholarships and opportunities in the country’s tertiary institutions.

Wang, who stated this while hosting the management of Jextoban Secondary School, which represented Nigeria at the Chinese Bridge Language Proficiency Competition held in China in October, said the initiative creates a bridge for students around the world.


Wang said: “The first impression they have is so beautiful, and China has come to be such a stage of the world where everyone wants to come to. Secondly, after competing with people, they can also discover the beauty of the language and culture. We always say in China, children are the hope of the future; we have to depend on our children to develop our country and our future, because when they go outside and see something different they come back to their motherland and replicate what they have seen.”

Wang also said it was the Nigerian people that demanded for the Institute, to learn about the Chinese people and tradition, which are very similar to what we have in Africa and Nigeria. Ultimately, this will help the two countries in the area of doing business.

Mr. Dayo Ojo, Director of the school, while appreciating Wang for the opportunity, expressed hope that the Institute would open more opportunities for the country.

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