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Published On: Mon, May 28th, 2018

KCCN graduates 102 in Korean language, Taekwondo, K-Pop dance

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Korean Cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Nigeria has graduated its students enrolled in their language class, Taekwondo and K-Pop Dance after undergoing rigorous trainings.
The language class constitutes the beginners 18 and the intermediate 22 totaling about 40 graduating students while Taekwondo 51 students and K-Pop Dance 11 students respectively.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Abuja, the Director of Korean Cultural Centre, Mr Han Sungrae, said the programmes are part of regular activities to broaden bilateral ties between the Republic of Korea and Nigeria.
He said Taekwondo class was to nurture young Nigerians that will soon compete and win laurels at upcoming Olympics.
“K-Pop dance class is a preparatory class to the annual K-Pop Dance Competition which provides a very good platform for Nigerian youths to win various prizes including an all expense paid trip to Korea to compete in the world K-Pop Dance competition in Korea,” he said.
According to him, Korean language class assists people who may either be interested in traveling to Korea in the future, studying in Korea, Working or doing business that requires Korean language skills, etc.
“All courses run for a period of 16 weeks during which students undergo rigorous trainings and evaluation ,” he added, pointing out that with increase economic corporation between Nigeria and South Korea, the spread and demand for the language will increase.
He said the Korean embassy is working to establish the Korean language departments in Nigerian universities, just as he said the KCCN is planning to expand their cultural activities beyond Abuja, but for the challenges of distance and insecurity in some areas.
He said KCCN took part in the Lagos film festival held recently, as well as the Calabar carnival, where the Nigerian artists participated in the Korean drum competition.

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