Bwari group wins China – Nigeria Dance Competition

Bwari group wins China – Nigeria Dance Competition

A dance group from Bwari in Abuja, Drum Major for Peace, has won the Energy China – Nigeria Dance Competition.

The China Cultural Centre and China General Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria hosted the competition in collaboration with China Energy International Group Nigeria Co., Ltd.

Wang Ao was declared the winner of the Chinese category.

The two groups cashed home the star prize of N500,000 each while the first and second runners-up received cash prizes of N200,000, and N100,000 respectively.

Speaking at the competition’s grand finale in Abuja on Wednesday, James Sule, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to fostering lasting mutual ties with China through cultural diplomacy.

According to him, Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and diverse traditions were essential elements that can be showcased globally through cultural diplomacy.

“By collaborating with China, a country with a long history and rich cultural legacy through cultural diplomacy, Nigeria aims to enhance its cultural influence and facilitate cross-cultural dialogue that transcends political and economic boundaries.

“We believe that by promoting cultural diplomacy, we can build connections that span continents, promoting understanding beyond politics and economics,” Sule said.

According to him, Nigeria aspires to be a beacon of artistic innovation, a hub where diverse voices converge, and a place where cultural exchange thrives.

Sule assured that with the unwavering support of the Ministry of Art, Nigeria was committed to fostering enhanced cooperation and collaboration with China.

Also speaking, Mr Li Xuda, Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, said, ”China views cultural diplomacy as a key component that can not only go beyond political, religious and cultural boundaries but also play an important role in multinational cultural exchanges.”

According to him, Nigeria is a land of rich and colorful cultural heritage which gives opportunity for cultural exchanges to thrive.

“Nigeria, long celebrated for its festivals, music, sculptures, literature, film, and dance, is seen by China as an essential partner in advancing its cultural diplomacy objectives in Africa.

“By nurturing cultural exchanges and forging cultural connections, China envisions a more profound bilateral relationship with Nigeria in the future,” Li said.

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