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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has made another call for the screening of Nigerian movies in China.

The request was made by the minister in Abuja during the reception of the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, on a courtesy visit.

Lai Mohammed said that Nollywood movies need to be screened in Chinese cinemas the way Chinese movies are viewed in Nigeria. He said this will promote understanding between the two countries and create a market for Nigerian movies in China.

Mohammed stated that the partnership between Nigeria and China in the area of infrastructural development will help in domestic tourism in Africa.

 ‘I think China is a good example of how domestic tourism can propel and trigger the economy; and for domestic tourism to prosper, you need improved infrastructure.

‘This is why we are so glad that China is collaborating with Nigeria in the area of infrastructure such as roads, power and railways,’ he said.

He said that China being one of the strategic partners of Nigeria because of its genuine commitment and passion towards the country could strengthen their cultural ties in the areas of film and cinematography.

Pingjian said culture and people-to-people relations were parts of 10 priority areas which his country was exploring to foster relations with Nigeria.

He also noted that China had started discussions with the minister towards the building of Nigeria-China Cultural Centre in Nigeria to further promote cultural ties.

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