Though the Korean Cultural week has come and gone but the thrills will continue to ring bells in the hearts of guests who took out time to come participate in the long week of cultural activities. The long week event was celebrated in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja in what turned out to be an avalanche of Korean cuisine, music, arts, films and performances.
The event started with the National Day reception opened by the Korean Ambassador Noh Kyu-duk at the congress hall of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja which witness cultural performances that showcase Korea’s old and new artistic entertainment.
Three performance teams all the way from Korea were invited to thrill the guest with their various performances which included the winners of of K-pop festival in Korea. And also two chefs from Conrad Hotel in Seoul were on hand to prepare Korean cuisines for the reception.
The Goryu treated guests to some lively and thunderous drumming and flamboyant performances, while B-boy dancing duo, brought a taste of new culture trends from the Asian country with some break dancing moves. A quartet of ornately dressed Korean performing girls also performed using a mix of various traditional musical instruments. They got the Nigerian audience buzzing when they performed a version of a popular Igbo song ‘Nike nike.’
Flagging off the celebrations, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Noh Kyu-duk said this year marks the 3,484th anniversary of the founding of Korea, which he admits, was drawn from the country’s mythology.
He said Nigeria and Korea have had similar upheavals in their recent histories, adding that there is much both countries can learn from each other.
“In the 20th century, Korea and Nigeria passed through very similar historical paths; colonial rule, civil war, military coup and other difficult times. Nevertheless, we are the people who have a great pride in our ancestors and history. And we are the people who are determined to overcome whatever difficulties we face and to write a success story for our future generations.”
The director, Korean cultural centre, Kwon Young-ik thanked all those who made out time go come celebrate with them, promising that next years would be bigger and better.
The long week of festival wasn’t done as professional chefs were invited from Seoul to school participants on how to prepare some major Korean cuisines. Kimchi(kimchee) which refers to a traditional Korean cuisine made with napa cabbage that is preserved and lightly fermented in bright red chili flakes was made.
Another famous Korean specialty barbecued meat known as Bulgogi, made from beef, can also be made with thin strips of pork or chicken was added. Before the meat is grilled, it’s marinated in sweet soy sauce with lots of garlic and sesame oil.
Japchae(stir fried glass noodles with seafood) is usually prepared with carrots, green onions, spinach, mushrooms and green peppers. Beef may be added as an option but maybe left out to be served as a vegetable dish. The noodles are grey when raw and turn almost translucent when cooked (thus given its popular nickname, glass noodles) when cooked correctly, they retain a chewy texture. Participants were treated to dine after the workshop and it was worthwhile.
The week continued with film shows at the Silverbird Cinemas ,Abuja which witnessed massive turnout to watch four Korean top movies screened at the venue. The movies were ‘The Thieves’, The front Line’ ‘My Paparoti’ and ‘Everything about my wife.’
At the end of it all, lots of prizes were won after a raffle draw.
The Korean-Nigerian culture similarity was exhibited in various artistic drawings showing weavings and cattle rearing. Philip Agbese Jnr. is a Nigerian photographer. His work represents the evolution of Nigerian culture and traditional ways of living the cultural aspect of the works tries to connote in the viewer, nations of tradition present as well as lost, the evolution of time band the importance and power of preservation.
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