The Republic of Korea recently organised its cultural day in Calabar, the Cross River capital as they added some flavour to the most anticipated 2016 Carnival Calabar.
The event was conducted same night with the Calabar Carnival Night of Kings and Queens unveiling at the U.J. Esuene stadium which attracted families and friends of Nigeria and Korea from the entire globe.
Director, Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr Sungrae Han, disclosed that, “we are here to share the cultural performance of our native land with the people of Calabar in this carnival.”
Han said, “it is our own way to showcase our rich cultural heritage to enable the people of Cross River and indeed Nigeria, get a feel of our famous mask dance which is second to none.”
Intimating that it was the second time Koreans will be performing in the Calabar Carnival, the Director said, “I am hopeful that our performance will also strengthen the existing relationship between Korea and Nigeria at large with Cross River in particular.”
For a staff of Cross River Carnival Commission, Mrs Eme Affia,”the event was an opportunity for more people to be enlightened and exposed in the new technology as well as other ways of doing things while building the synergy between the Republic of Korea and the Cross River government.”
Affia hinted that,”South Korea has actually reached out to the people of Cross River in so many ways as we have had some youths of the state sent to South Korea for industrial training purposes sponsored by the South Korea government.”
On similarities between the culture of Korea and the state, Affiah maintained that Koreans have the Lion symbol in their traditional display, a situation she observed, was an indication of the similarity in culture shared by the people.
“Virtually every culture in Nigeria has the Lion. In Efik and Akwa Ibom we have the Ekpe, in IBO we have Agu. The similarity in the culture is similar, it is just that Koreans Ekpe is white, while our own is black,” Affiah explained.
Below are photos and videos of the Korean Republic displays during the 2016 Calabar Christmas Festival;