By Gabriel Olawale
The Chinese community in Nigeria recently celebrated its Spring Festival New Year Gala tagged: ‘One World One Spring, Huaxing Shines’ with popular Chinese arts and decorations.
The event was organized by the Huaxing Art Troupe Nigeria Limited, which commended the effort and contribution of Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos and also the Chinese Community in Nigeria.
The event, which marks the start of a New Year in accordance with the Chinese Lunar calendar, is called the year of the Ox.
The Spring Festival is regarded as the biggest Festival in China and also the most colourful of all events with traditional celebration all over the world.
This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relationship between China and Nigeria.
China over the years has been considered one of Nigeria’s closest allies, as the two countries share similar features in common, China being the biggest country in Asia, while Nigeria is the biggest country in Africa, also both countries celebrate their National Day on 1st October.
This year’s celebration was officially declared open by the Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who joined the celebration via online with other dignitaries.
Among the highlights of the event was the award of scholarships to extraordinary Nigerian students, the orphanages and Bethesda Home for Blind.
Among the recipient is Waris Kareem, a visual artist who painted President Emmanuel Macron of France on his visit to Lagos and Anthony Madu, the internet sensational ballet dancer.
There was also the colourful display of culture by both countries, with Nigeria talking drum on display, while the Chinese Lion dance, took the centre stage.
The Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China in Lagos, Chu Maoming, expressed delight in the success of this celebration.
Mr Chu said the Huaxing Art Troupe Nigeria Limited keeps pace with the time and this cloud celebration is carefully planned and organized.
Thee programme, he said, integrates both Chinese and Nigerian characteristics and presents a splendid audiovisual feast for overseas Chinese.
Besides, he said the celebration promotes the cultural communication between China and Nigeria adding that it shows the good wishes of Overseas Chinese for a better relationship between the two countries.
On his part, the Chairman of the Huaxing Art Troupe, Mr Eric Ni said: “The New Year festival is very important to us in China and we are happy to be celebrating in Nigeria, because Nigeria is our second home and we are one people with similar values since we live and work in Nigeria, it is important to give back to the society that made us.”
According to him, there’s an old Chinese proverb that says, ‘while we drink from a hole, it is only right to think back and appreciate those that dug the hole the water came out from’.
He, however, reaffirmed that Chinese nationals have come to invest over the years and as a result, Nigeria will always be home.
He said it is only right to help and support communities to the best of their power.