As China’s economy grows, the importance for non-Chinese to understand the culture, and language is becoming more and more imperative, Jolade Oshodi, a Nigerian university graduate at the Confucius Institute at the University of Lagos in southwest Nigeria has said.
Oshodi, a 2014 Micro Biology graduate of Lagos State University (LASU) told Xinhua in an interview in Lagos, the country’s commercial hub, that although Chinese language is widely known as a very difficult language, the ability to read and write in the Chinese has attracted huge job opportunities to her and several students at Confucius Institute.
It will interest you to know that many from elementary students to influential entrepreneurs are taking Chinese Mandarin lessons, she told Xinhua, noting that the strength of China in the world today cannot be denied.
China is the hub of industrialization, trade and civilization, she added, saying I cannot afford to be left behind.
Oshodi, whose Chinese name is “Li Wan”, said she started studying Chinese immediately after she graduated in 2014 and made up her mind to become an expert in it in the shortest possible time.
“At time, I look at myself and wonder if I am the person speaking the language, though it was not an easy experience, but it is fun now to me,” Oshodi said.
The Chinese student who is expected to travel to China for the second time by June ending said she has been busy doing the job of a translator with numbers of Nigerian and Chinese own companies in Lagos.
“I graduated from LASU in 2014 and thought of what next to do, but nothing came to my mind until I started watching Chinese movies and that was when something said to me that I should give it a try,” she said.
“I will be going to China later this month for another competition called “Chinese Bridge” for two weeks and when I return, I will return to China for a one-year scholarship to study at the Beijing Institute of Technology,” Oshodi added.
According to her, “The Chinese are very rich in culture and that you can see in every single thing they do,” she added, noting that culture is one of the very key values of the Chinese anywhere, any day and anytime.
“I am glad to have dedicated time to learn from them, because when you look at their movies, you will understand better” she said.
Oshodi told Xinhua that Nigerians, especially primary and secondary students are showing a keen interest in Chinese culture as the numbers of schools enrolling is growing gradually.
“I know we have schools across Lagos teaching Chinese language and that is to show how the education sector is taking Chinese language serious” she said.
She encouraged parents and employers of labor to take keen interest in Chinese learning because “Chinese will become a very important asset in all your endeavors and careers in the future and it will add value.”