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Igbo group plans cultural exchange initiatives with Xhosa kingdom in South Africa

Chief Udeji Jonas

South East leaders in South Africa have concluded arrangements to sign a cultural exchange agreement with Xhosa kingdom in that country.

A chieftain of Ohaneze Ndigbo in South Africa, Chief Udeji Jonas, said this in a statement issued in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday.

The statement was sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.

Jonas said that a delegation of South East leaders had visited the king of Xhosa kingdom in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

He said after the meeting, an agreement was reached to put in place an annual cultural exchange programme between Xhosa kingdom and the Igbo.

According to Jonas, the two parties also agreed to boost trade and investment as well initiatives in the agriculture and health sectors.

“At the end of the meeting, the two groups were happy and we are working on the final documents to sign the agreement,” the statement quoted Jonas as saying.

He also said that a cultural programme would be held in October 2016 at Mbasuo
Municipality in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

“The aim is to make youths of Nigeria and South Africa learn the different cultures, exchange ideas and interact as fellow Africans.

“We believe that this programme will strengthen Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission and make the people of the two countries to be closer,” he said.

He also said that two universities in Xhosa kingdom would train Nigerians on investment as well as agriculture and health as part of the agreement reached.

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