Korea-Nigeria Youth Camp: Students recount revelling experience


Nigerian students have commended the Republic of Korea for ensuring the successful hosting of the third edition of the Korea-Nigeria youth camp in the country.

The Youth Camp, as organised by the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN), in collaboration with the Korea-Africa Foundation (KAF), was initiated in 2021.

This year’s edition, which commenced on October 16 through October 20, took place in Abuja and Lagos, with the At`tarbiyyah Stem School, Abuja, chosen for the trip.

It could be recalled that At`tarbiyyah Stem School Abuja, won the ‘Best Innovative Business Project’ at the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Business Innovation Competition, 2023 organized by KAF.

According to the organizers, the idea behind this youth experience is an avenue to not only foster a boisterous relationship between Nigeria and Korea but also to give young Nigerian students an experience of Korean cultural and entrepreneurship activities in Nigeria.

Addressing the students at the Consular Hallyu Hub space, the Consular General, Mr. Lee Sang-ho, encouraged the students to keep doing their best to achieve their aim as they are the key to developing the country.

He said there are various Korean organisations and companies in Nigeria such as Samsung, LG, and even a Korean school, and all this is because ‘No nation can stand alone’.

Speaking on Korea-Nigeria relationship, he said, “Relationships are key, and we have to co-exist, cooperate to improve another’s country and thereby improve ours.”

The Director of At-tarbiyyah STEM School, Hajiya Amina Abubakar, commended the Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN) and the Korea-Africa Foundation (KAF) for organising such an event.

She said that after the group that won the ‘Best Innovative Business Project’ at the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Business Innovation Competition, 2023, were chosen for this trip, other students were inspired to work harder.

She expressed optimism that the new relationship can be taken further beyond the Lagos trips in working together on other projects, such as the students having an opportunity to work with LG or KIA on certain innovative projects.

The last day of the excursion took the group to Nike’s Art Gallery in Lekki, Lagos. This gallery houses over 25,000 paintings. It also features NIKE’s textile museum with clothing on sale, and an array of brilliant sculptures of which the students took many pictures.

The students were addressed by the 89 year old husband of NIKE and retired Ex-Police Commissioner, Chief Reuben Okundaye, who also informed that some of his paintings were there.

He advised the students to take education seriously because that’s the one thing their parents can give them that no one can take away.

Okundaye said it is the one thing that will stay with them for life, adding that everything else can be taken away.

“Even inherited properties can be taken away, but not education that is nurtured within.”

On their part, the students described the youth camp as educative and fun filled even as they commended the Republic of Korea for the experience.

One of the students, Maryam Buba, said she didn`t expect learning Korean to be so fun, but it was a very lovely experience.

Faisal Abdulaziz, said he was intrigued by the Korean cultural centre, and mesmerised by the promotional videos on the lifestyles and companies in Korea, which was very educative.

Aisha Saeed said it was a good and exciting experience, adding that she got insight into Koreas status as a tech community country.

Izzatu Hassan said the jangu drum is so captivating. She said she was captivated by the rhythm and skill used to beat the drum. She said it “looked easy, but it definitely isn’t.”

During the youth camp, the students were exposed many Korean cultural and entrepreneurship activities.

They were given a tour of Korean culture at the exhibition hall and many other Koran business interests within the country, where they had opportunity to be addressed by their Chief Executive Officers.

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Some of the facilities toured during the period includes; Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja; Korean Consulate Office, Lagos; as well as Korean business interests located in Lagos.

The student were also put through on how how to write Hangul on a Korean traditional fan (Buchae), wearing of Korean Hanbok and played the Korean game- Tuho, etc.

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