The Confucius Institute at the University of Lagos in southwest Nigeria on Friday played host to the fourth edition of the Chinese proficiency competition, giving participants a chance to show off their Chinese language skills.
More than 300 students from local primary and secondary schools and colleges took part in the competition, tagged “Chinese Bridge”.
The event featured quiz, song and dancing competitions.
In the children’s section, young Gabriel Alu, a student of LadyBird Nursery and Primary School in Lagos, topped the show with his superb Chinese pronunciation and knowledge in a superb quiz performance.
Gabriel told Xinhua that as a young aspiring medical doctor, he cannot afford not to learn Chinese in order not to be caught unaware in future, because most of his friends are studying Chinese language.
This year’s contest represented a step-up on previous editions in terms of both form and content, Jiang Lirong, a co-director at the institute, said in her opening address.
She said the acceptance of Chinese language by Nigerian students would cement the friendship between both countries.
According to her, the content of the competition was targeted toward showing the students knowledge about China, Chinese cultural skills and comprehensive learning abilities.
In a colorful addition to the Chinese contest, this year’s event also featured students from the University of Abomey, Calavi in neighboring Benin.
Adeshina Kehinde Bolu, a second year student from Benin, said his love for Chinese language knows no bound.
“I love Chinese very well, I love the Chinese people and I love the Chinese culture. They made me see things differently. We need to move closer to China,” he added.
For Bolu, learning to speak the language became necessary because China had become the new destination for economic growth and technology development. Enditem