Nigerians in S/Africa to deepen ties with host country through arts, culture

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By Fortune Abang

Abuja, Dec. 27, 2020 The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), says it would use arts and culture to deepen the unity between South Africa and Nigeria in 2021.

NICASA’s, President, Mr Ben Okoli, said this in an interview on telephone with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

Okoli said that in spite of the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which had hindered NICASA’s plan to celebrate the Christmas and New Year, there was more to Nigeria-South Africa relations beyond the Yuletide.

“We are rather in a reflective time occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the second wave that has actually put fear in the minds of people.

“South Africa has been in lockdown with movement restrictions.

“The Christmas celebration here is in sombre mood and on low key; we are looking forward to the New Year and hope it comes with lots of freedom and peace to the world.

“NICASA has lots of planned activities for the New Year, where we hope to use some of our planned events to create social cohesion, using arts and culture to bring South Africa and Nigeria together in unity.’’

He decried the challenges of xenophobia in the country, and promised to do everything within the ambit of his administration to end the challenge, by uniting both countries.

He further assured the implementation of projects that would drive unity, peace and mutual trust between Nigerians living there and their host.

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