To create a better understanding and interaction between Nigerians and Chinese, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced its plan to establish a Nigerian Chinese Experience Centre in Lagos state.
“We are really working at how best to create more understanding between Nigerians and the Chinese. We want to trust the Chinese as much as we want the Chinese to trust us.
“The Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies in UNILAG, therefore, wants to establish a Nigerian-Chinese Experience Centre where Nigerians and the Chinese can interact freely for a better understanding of themselves.
“Through this centre, our one-on-one interaction would strongly be enhanced. And we can begin to know ourselves better, rather than have biases for ourselves”, he said.
Sabiu advised Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunities currently being offered by the Confucius Institute in Nigeria to learn to communicate in Chinese Mandarin language.
The professor of economics also said that it was important for the Chinese to begin to learn to communicate in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages for easier business and personal interaction with Nigerians.
“Just as the Chinese are today coming to teach us their language, Nigeria should also create a centre in China to teach the Chinese to speak Nigerian languages. This way, the Chinese can learn to speak Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages in China, before coming to do business with Nigerians”, he said.