By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
It was a colourful Tuesday evening filled with dance and songs from Bangladesh and Nigeria, depicting the rich cultural heritage of the two countries.
The event was the joint Nigeria and Bangladesh Cultural Night and launch of Friendship Club.
The friendship club was launched with the cutting of the cake, symbolizing the beginning of a new cultural relationship between Nigeria and Bangladesh.
Speaking at the cultural night which is coming on the heels of the just concluded International Art and Craft Expo, (INAC 2019), the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan said the night was emotional for him, as it signifies the second best moment in his career as a High Commissioner.
According to him, “Today’s event marks joint Nigeria and Bangladesh cultural night and launching of friendship club, if you talk about diplomacy, friendship is the driving factor.
“Today will provide a platform for us to know each other and I am deeply encouraged to see the interest our event has generated”, he said.
He pointed out that Bangladesh and Nigeria are friendly countries and are common in many respects, and the two countries can benefit immensely by cooperating in many sectors.
Earlier in his address, the Director General, National Council for Art and Culture(NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, said they are building partnership and friendship across the world.
In his words, “We are opening up a new window of cultural integration and also partnership and friendship.
“The friendship club between Nigeria and Bangladesh has come to stay, to set up a synergy and network of communication culturally to the whole world”.
He further commended the Bangladesh High Commissioner for putting his people first, adding that he [Runsewe] is proud to have made history.
The highlight of the night was a dinner and guests were treated to exquisite dishes from the two countries. The first ever Nigeria and Bangladesh cultural meeting is expected to create a closer bond between the two countries.