XENOPHOBIA: Cultural Diplomacy to the Rescue
Nigerians and South Africans: strengthening understanding through cultureJune 21st, 2017
These past months saw the living atmosphere of Nigerians in South Africa turn from “conducive” to “life threatening” as Nigerians had to go about their daily businesses in South Africa with several extra pair of eyes.
As a solution to the otherwise heart rendering situation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, when the South African High Commission to Nigeria, Lulu Aaron-Mnguni, paid him a courtesy visit, said Nigeria will adopt the widely recognized cultural diplomacy tool to put an end to the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
According to him, the necessary parastatals including the National Council for Arts and Culture, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and the Nigerian Film Corporation, who would embark on a series of activities in South Africa to strengthen the understanding between Nigerians and South Africans. These activities would include joint musical concerts, co-production in films, and visits of popular Nollywood actors and actresses to South Africa to strengthen the understanding between them on a confidence-building trip.
These activities and a host of others will kick off in weeks to come, and they are not expected to be a one-off event as they are aimed at building profitable relationships between the South Africans and Nigerians. Then, hopefully, South Africans and Nigerians would reach a consensus both directly and indirectly, bury whatever hatchet that is between them, and find a reason to co-habit with each other peacefully.