The Heritage Africa Village Square (HAVIS) Abuja, is set to host members of the cultural community to a celebration of the culture and art of Nigeria and China on the same day.
The event is scheduled to hold on the 1st of October which happens to be Nigeria’s Independence Day Celebration at the sprawling HAVIS facility located on pot 1633, Cadastral B09, Beside AA Zauro Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado, Abuja.
The celebration will take the form of conversations and performances around the theme: “China-Nigeria: Shared Legacy of Culture and Humanity”.
According to a statement by the event coordinator, Jerry Adesewo, the choice of the theme is based on the fact that the two countries both share the same birthday.
“Top-rated performers, troupes, visual artists and craftsmen will treat art lovers, culture patrons, members of the diplomatic circle and the general public in the nation’s capital to exquisite African and Chinese dance, music, poetry and drama performances. The culture fest will also feature poetry readings, moonlight-like storytelling and an African-themed fashion runway featuring designs by The Silhouette,” said the statement.
Headlining the programme is a lecture titled: ‘Global Diffusion of Chinese Culture: Case Study of the Confucius Institute in Africa (Nigeria)’ which is to be delivered by Professor Duro Oni, former deputy vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, and founding director of the Confucius Institute at the university.
To be chaired by Professor David Ker, a cultured scholar and former vice chancellor of Benue State University, the lecture will lead to a panel discussion featuring four eminent scholars and experts on the blossoming Africa-China relationship. They will explore the possible influence of the legendary Chinese philosopher, Confucius’ philosophical thoughts on the socio-cultural development of Africa.
The highpoint of the October 1 feast is a special exhibition featuring collections from Nike Art Gallery, which is curated by the international artist and iconic African culture advocate, Madam Nike Okundaye. Featuring over 100 pieces of paintings and sculptures, the works will remain on display in the Whitehouse gallery for the rest of the year.
To further spice the robust celebration, a film, Africans in Yiwu, which is themed around the shared humanistic values and virtues between Nigerian and Chinese peoples, will be screened. It is produced by the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang University China, which last June in Abuja, signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cultural and educational exchange programmes with the Heritage Africa and the University of Abuja.