At a time when globalisation seems to be threatening the survival of cultures, the Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria, KCCN, is not resting on its oars in ensuring its survival.
The centre’s desire to see that not just Korean culture strives, but indeed other cultures including that of Nigeria may have informed its widely held view that culture is the identity of a people.
Consequently, KCCN since its inception has continued to champion series of cultural and educational programmes in Abuja and other Nigerian cities and promote cultural and bilateral relations of the two nations.
Recently, Abuja was elated by one of the programmes of the centre tagged “Korea-Nigeria Love Day”.
Pupils and students of over 400 primary and secondary schools across the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory, showcased their appreciation of various cultures in Nigeria and Korea.
The event was the second edition to be celebrated in the pace of two years.
Arising from the success of the previous edition, as well as other events organised by the centre, the turn up was massive as the venue was filled to capacity.
Korea-Nigeria Love Day comprised exciting activities and cultural performances from two countries geared towards showcasing their diverse cultures through drama, fashion show, folk song cultural dance, taekwondo, k-pop dance, music, language and much more.
In his welcome address the Republic of Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Noh Kyu-Duk, stated that the centre which was established four years ago has secured a good foundation for the cultural exchange of both countries. He expressed satisfaction with the outstanding talents and enthusiasm of Nigerian citizens for arts and culture ever since he arrived the country.
“It is wonderful to see more than 100 secondary school students in Abuja participating in different activities that has been distributing seeds of interest of Korea and open new channels of exchange between Korea and Nigeria and even Africa itself.
“This is for fun and everybody whether Korean or Nigerian, they need such opportunity. Nigeria has a diverse historical background and a colourful culture, with over 250 unique tribes, its literature and film industry has attracted international attention over the years.”
Speaking on the 2015 World K-POP festival, Mr. Kyu-Duk, said the Korean embassy in Nigeria will do all it can within its possible best to support the Nigerian team that will raise the flag of the country at the World Festival to be held in Seoul, on October 30 for the first time.
“The main event of K-POP World festival will involve performances by the 14 teams that have been selected through rigorous competitions held in over 80 countries. Pacific star of Nigeria will be performing in Seoul as the representative of many passionate and talented Nigerian K-POP enthusiasts. I wish them all the best,” he said.
In his remarks, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria, Mr. Kwon Yonk IK, explained that “Korean Cultural Centre has become a comfortable and familiar place to many Nigerians, a place to visit to enjoy cultural content and art.
He, however, noted that Korea-Nigeria Love Day will continue to develop and attract an increasing number of schools and students from around the country.
The event was graced by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Education amongst others. Various speakers poured encomium on the Korean Embassy and the centre for putting together such programmes.
Prizes won at the competition include micro-waves, T-Shirt, Hanbok doll, character doll, pouch and mirror USB.

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