On 11th February 2017, students and staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi joined the staff and workers of Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project to celebrate the Lantern Festival at the Syokimau Railway Station. Over 200 participants attended the function.
The University of Nairobi Confucius Institute team was led by the Director Guo Hong, while the Vice Chancellor was represented by the Principal CHSS, Prof Enos Njeru who gave some remarks. He emphasized the role of Chinese language in fostering culture of the two countries. The Chinese Embassy to Kenya was represented by the Minister Councilor Li Xuhang and Councilor Guo Ce. In his remarks, the Minister Councilor explained the importance and the impact the railway will have on the local economy. He urged students to learn Chinese and take advantage of the various opportunities that will arise from this project and many other future projects. The Minister Councilor also wished Chinese and Kenyans a happy lantern festival.
The participants were treated to a great entertainment by the students and staff from the Confucius Institute, University of Nairobi who performed various dances and songs as well as the legendary lion dance which elicited a lot of excitement and applause from of the audience. The performance was such a success.
Just as what the Councilor said: The railway bridged Kenya’s Today and Tomorrow, while Confucius Institute helped to bridge the two cultures. As part of the University, Confucius Institute hopes to take some social responsibility for the development of Kenya.