By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
The Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Md Shameem Ahsan, has hailed the Carnival Calabar, saying that it has given the state International visibility.
Recall that Bangladeshi dance troupe made a debut at the international Carnival, on the sidelines of the Carnival Calabar 2019, where they thrilled spectators with their dance and music.
Mr.Ahsan while speaking on Sunday in a brunch meeting with stakeholders in Calabar, said that the theme of the Carnival “Humanity” is very apt, adding that it is a great achievement to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
He further noted that culture can play an important role in connecting countries, nationalities, communities and similar nations.
According to him, “The Carnival has given Calabar the visibility, not regional but international visibility and this will go a long way in raising the profile of Nigeria as the largest economy of Africa”.
Speaking on the theme of the Carnival “Humanity”, he congratulated Governor Ben Ayade for selecting the theme, adding that the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is a mother of humanity due to her generosity in hosting 1.2 million Rohingyas.
“We are all Nigerians and Bangladesh and are here to uphold humanity which is a unifying force. We are together for humanity, regardless of the continent, that brings us closer.
“Bangladesh and Nigeria can immensely benefit by having close relation between the two countries especially in the areas of trade and commerce”, he ended.
For his part, the Governor of Cross River State, Prof, Ben Ayade, thanked the High Commissioner for the meeting and for selling Carnival Calabar to Bangladesh to the extent of sending a team to participate in the Carnival.
Ayade who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of Cross River State, Barr. Tina Banku Agbor, noted that Cross River is known for cleanliness, hospitality, acceptability and international show, and the idea is to sell the state to the world.
In her words, “The world is beginning to sell us, in fact, we are beginning to be the gate way to Nigeria. We are asking more International countries to come into Calabar and show us their own culture
“You come here, show us what you can do and see what we are capable of, we are telling our stories as Africans. We have everything, human resources, minerals and land in abundance and you are welcome
“In business we are ready to work with you and the Governor is an industrialist, we are industrialising the state in no small measures. If you have something to introduce to us, let us partner and move ahead”, he remarked.
Also speaking, Mr. Fahimul Islam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh, expressed delight to have led the team to attend the Carnival Calabar, adding that it is a moment to showcase Bangladesh rich culture in Nigeria.
He appreciated the High Commissioner for bringing the team to Nigeria, and also expressed hopes that the relationship between Nigeria and Bangladesh in the area of culture will be steady in the days ahead.
Present were the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Commissioner for Information, Commissioner for Industry, and Bangladesh delegation