Nigeria

Covid-19: Korean Cultural Centre Nigeria Celebrates 70th Anniversary Online

It was one of it’s kind celebration as the The Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for the first time since it was established, marked her 70th anniversary commemoration of the Korean war online due to the continued spread of the dreaded Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 pandemic.

The event which was followed online by lots of people home and abroad on (ngr.korean-culture.org) June 25, 2020 with online video activities to mark the event in Nigeria, started with documentary on the history of Korean war.

The video highlighted the facts about the Korean war and helps people understand the basic facts of the war.

It was followed by Short experience-video of the Korean war museum made by Hussaina Abdullahi.

Hussaina is a Nigerian who studied on Korean Government Scholarship and recently graduated from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. She visited the Korean War Museum in Yongsan and made the video where she showed some important war monuments including the Korean War room, UN room and pictures of Korean refugees after the war.

Through the video, she seeks to discourage mankind from wars by showing the horrific effects of wars on the lives of people.

There was musical performance by the National Orchestra of Korea to commemorate the anniversary

The performance titled ‘2020 Song of the people’ is a show that unravels the life and history of the Korean people with music on the theme of war and peace. Starting in 2000 and expanding the repertoire for 20 years, it has become a representative performance of the National Orchestra of Korea. This performance contains a heart of prayer for peace and thanksgiving to those who gave their lives for the country. National Theatre of Korea will release the performance online on June 25 2020.

A Nigerian appreciation video message dedicated to the Korean war heroes.

A video made by Jennifer Ezeonyeasi- a Nigerian who is a Korea.net honorary reporter expressing her sentiments for the sacrifices made by Koreans during and after the war.

The Significance of the event was to enlighten people about the Korean war, the terrible consequences of wars and the need to seek peace and prosperity for all peoples.

There was also an online quiz about Korean war.

About the Korean War:

The Korean war began on June 25, 1950, when the North Korean People’s Army launched a surprise invasion of South Korea. It was completely unprecedented in world history and a catastrophe that left enduring scars on the Korean people. On July 27, 1953, representatives of the UN forces and the communist forces signed the ceasefire agreement. However, the ceasefire agreement only brought hostile actions to a halt, which means that the war was on a halt, but technically was not over.

By the time the war was halted, 80% of the entire Korean Peninsula had been laid to waste and millions of civilians and military personnel had died. No one believed that the country could ever recover from the war, even after a century, but the Korean people rose up from the ashes of the war and pulled off the Miracle of the Han River. This 70th anniversary is commemorated with the motto “From 70 years of defense to peace and to the future”.

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