From December 15th to 18th, 2019, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Kenya, State Councilor Wang Yong led a delegation to pay an official visit to Kenya. Senator Mr. Lusaka of the Republic of Kenya hosted reception on the evening of the 16th. Teachers and students of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi were invited to present wonderful performances during the banquet and received cheerful praise.
The banquet lasted for 90 minutes. The student choir, dance troupe and kongfu club of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi displayed a high-level performance of cultural integration between China and Kenya. The choir sang Chinese and Swahili songs. The Chinese songs had clear and standard pronunciation, and full of emotional messages. The dance group displayed dance performance with the Chinese national style and the fiery passionate African dance. The Taichi performance called “Eight Methods and Five Steps” was excellent and appealing to watch, sometimes flowing, sometimes agile. The Chinese and Kenyan leaders highly appreciated the performances.
State Councilor Wang Yong fully affirmed and acknowledged the work done by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi in international Chinese education and the spread of Chinese culture, as well as the achievements in promoting cultural exchanges between China and Kenya. He encouraged the Confucius Institute to make persistent efforts to realize a more brilliant future. As the New Year approaches, State Councilor Wang Yong expressed New Year's greetings to all the faculty and students of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, and wished the faculty and students a smooth work and a happy life in Kenya, and the New Year.
Xiao Shan, the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, said that since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi in 2005, it has achieved excellent results with the support of leaders at all levels. CIUON has been awarded the title of Confucius Institute of the Year 7 times, and was awarded the Pioneer Confucius Institute in 2014, and was named Global Model Confucius Institute in 2015. In the golden age of China-Kenya relations, the CIUON would definitely take advantage of this to enhance its own content, play a role as a platform for cultural exchanges, and take talent cultivation as its responsibility to write a new chapter in the Belt and Road era.