Nigeria-China Cultural Relations: Harnessing the Potentials for Tourism and National Development


Sheriff Ghali Ibrahim, Adie Edward & Nwokedi Lawretta Obiagelli

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The paper considered the existing cultural relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China as well as the possibility of harnessing the potential in the relations for tourism and national development. The data for the study were obtained from secondary sources, including textbooks, newspapers, articles, journals as well as the internet. While the theory of interdependence was adopted as a framework of analysis, content analysis was utilized in analyzing all the data collected. From the findings, the study noted that both countries have engaged in cultural relationship since the 1970s. And that a number of agreements have been signed and cultural exchanges and displays have taken place between the two countries. However, while China has been eager and active in promoting her culture in Nigeria, Nigeria seems not to have demonstrated much enthusiasm in pursuing same course as China. Furthermore, the study confirmed a link between culture and tourism and so with development. And that if Nigeria can properly harness her cultural relationship with China, tourism and development would be enhanced. This, as pointed out in the study included the Creation of Centres to Promote the Teaching and Learning of Major Nigerian Languages in China; Regularly Organize Cultural Troupe Performances and Exhibitions in China; Proper Utilization of October 1 and other Festivities; Collaborate with the Chinese Government to Create a World Class Nigeria-China Cultural Resort to Enhance Tourism and National Development in Nigeria; Activate all Aspects of Cultural Ties between Nigeria and China; and the use of cultural heritage. Finally, recommendations were also made to guide Nigeria towards achieving these findings.

Nigeria; China; Culture; Relations; Tourism; Development

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