By Vera Samuel Anyagafu and Prince Okafor
In line with its bilateral relationship with Nigeria, Finland has celebrated its 100th year Independence anniversary in Nigeria.
Along with Finnish Embassies across the world, the Embassy in Abuja hosted an Independence Day reception on 6 December, to honour the day.
The Embassy of Finland in Abuja, in a statement made available to Vanguard stated that, “the story of the 100-year-old Finland is at the same time ordinary and extraordinary. It rests on the values and practice of equality, education, good governance, and hard work.”
“The theme of the anniversary year is ‘Together.’ The centenary celebrations are a result of many joint efforts, and the message is that all hands are needed in building and taking forward a nation and a people.”
Speaking on the event, the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, said in Nigeria, the anniversary year has been a particularly active one.
According to him, the event had “kicked off already in February, with the ‘Code Bus Africa’ project that focused on encouraging girls into computer coding.”
He said “Students from four local public schools learned how to produce music through coding during this activity that the Embassy of Finland, together with its local partner Ventures Platform, brought to Nigeria, as part of a project that took place in ten African countries”.
The Ambassador also noted that the Foreign Trade and Development Minister of Finland, Kai Mykkänen, last month, brought to Nigeria 20 companies to further grow Nigeria’s economy.
“In a few activity packed days, the delegation had lots of fruitful discussions on the many opportunities for cooperation, and met a host of local companies.”