Nigerian cuisine is now on the international map – Chinese envoy –

The Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria announced that the initiative to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Gastronomy has put Nigerian cuisine on the international map.

This was announced to me this Saturday in Abuja during the commemoration of the “2022 Sustainable Gastronomy Day,” a day designated by the United Nations to recognize the importance of global cuisine in promoting unity.

Li said food plays an important role in promoting culture and promoting harmony in cultural diversity.

“Food is an important part of culture and by promoting food culture we can really promote culture based on diversity and I think you know China, we pay attention to the concept of harmony.

“We always say harmony is in diversity and in this way we can advance cooperation between our two countries in many areas including the field of culture and tourism.

“This event is a good initiative because in that sense they are putting Nigerian food on the international map.

“Nevertheless, we can promote Nigerian culture around the world and allow more people to learn more about Nigeria and its unique culture,” he told me.

Lee commended the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) for organizing the event, which he said has had a positive impact.

He said that in 2022, the Chinese Embassy in cooperation with NIHOTOUR and the Federal Capital Territory’s Department of Arts and Culture hosted a celebration of Gastronomy Day 2021.

Li said that commemorating the year 2021 was a huge success that encouraged more people and embassies like Spain to join the 2022 event and make it more popular.

Ms. Patricia Gomez, First Secretary, Embassy of Spain in Nigeria, said that as basic as food appears, it goes a long way in strengthening cultural, humanitarian and bilateral relations between countries.

Gomez said that during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Spain on June 1, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen relations in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“Food is a very basic thing, we have food every day and don’t realize how much it represents our countries, from different parts of very diverse countries like Nigeria and Spain.

“Sometimes, we don’t have to go far to do a lot of complicated things to strengthen our relationship.

“Only one thing like food can make you realize how close you are or how many things you can understand about the other country.

“Days like these are very important days for strengthening relationships and understanding different cultures and different parts of our country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been in Spain a lot and they had the opportunity to sign with our authorities from Spain a memorandum of understanding.

“And I think sharing our kitchens is a very good way to boost tourism between our two countries,” Gomez said.

United Nations Day is celebrated on June 18 all over the world.

It aims to draw the world’s attention to the role that sustainable gastronomy can play in driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Gastronomy is basically the study of food culture or the art of food.

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