Chinese Language in Nigeria Is Increasingly Popular…
The study of the Chinese language has become increasingly popular among young students in Lagos, Nigeria. As the West African nation continues to foster economic relations with China, students say learning the language makes them more competitive in the job markets in the East and at home.
The demand for learning Chinese, specifically Mandarin, has increased all over the world as the country is seen as a major player in economics, healthcare and politics. Many students in the West caught on to this trend about a decade ago. In 2008, Asia Society, a New York-based Asia-focused educational organization, reported that enrollment in Chinese programs among K-12 level students grew 200 percent over a four-year period from 2004-2008.
Though Chinese is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn, Oshodi says her hard work is already reaping benefits. Odoshi has been busy at her job where she serves as a translator between various Chinese-owned companies in Lagos and Nigerian officials and business people. Later in the year she will embark on a one-year scholarship study program at the Beijing Institute of Technology.