The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Thursday announced its plan to establish a Nigerian Chinese Experience Center in Lagos state.
Prof. Olufemi Saibu, Director, Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies, UNILAG, made this known during an interview in Lagos with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The professor is of the opinion that Nigeria should also establish a similar center in China.
According to Saibu, there has been a lot of misunderstanding between Nigerians and Chinese due to lack of openness, issues of mindset and language inhibitions.
“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 Center where Nigerians and the Chinese can interact freely for a better understanding of themselves.
“Through this center, our one-on-one interaction would strongly be enhanced. And we can begin to know ourselves better, rather than have biases for ourselves,” he stated.
The Director urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunities currently being offered by the Confucius Institute in Nigeria to learn to communicate in Chinese Mandarin language.
He also said that it was important for the Chinese to begin to learn to communicate in Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba languages, for easier business and personal interaction with Nigerians.