“You our motherland are well loved. Well thought of, well understood, fully blessed. Perhaps this is the reason you have impacted in your descendants the strength of great bulls, the courage of greater lions, and the might of mighty bears.”
~ Sandra C. Bamisile from poem titled ‘Beloved Nigeria’
On October 1st 1949, after a near complete victory by the Communist Party of China in the Chinese Civil war, Mao Zedong standing atop Tiananmen proclaimed the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
10 years later in another totally different region of the world, on October 1st 1960, Nigeria gained it’s independence from Britain under the Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa and President Nnamdi Azikiwe.
1st of October is quite an iconic day. It represents not just the National day of the People’s Republic of China but also the Independence day of the Republic of Nigeria.
In honor of this, for the first time ever at University of Electronic Science and Technology located in Chengdu China, on the eve of October 1st 2018, a collaborative effort was put forth by the ISU (International Student’s union), COSA (Chinese and Overseas Student’s Association), and the Country league to shine a light on this shared day of Celebration. The night was not only fun because of the celebration itself but also because there was so much support from all the other international students from different countries that were represented there including Ghana, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, France, Angola, Benin… the list goes on.
It was a fun packed night. Hand in hand with our Chinese peers, we had different interesting activities set up. From Opening addresses by the COSA, ISU, and Nigerian student’s president, to singing of the national anthems, to brief history shows on both Nigeria and China, to Chinese and English poetry, to games, quizzes, a character writing challenge to the international students, to a funny talk show, to music performances, dance off sessions. Finally, we had the hilarious section of ‘pick and act’ where anyone from the audience is called upon to pick a paper from the box, and act out anything written on it. Such included creating animal sounds, or writing only by shaking one’s head, or even proposing love to a lady. We also had a section of refreshments prepared collaboratively by the COSA and Nigerian Students.
All in all, it was a great night. When great men like Mao Zedong, Deng XiaoPing, Tafawa Balewa, or former President Nnamdi Azikiwe were setting grand decisions in motion, they probably never imagined that somewhere in Sichuan Province of China, these coincidental National day dates would bring so much joy to the international students of UESTC.
Written by Sandra C. Bamisile
Below are some more photos of the day for your perusal.