The Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, on Wednesday announced her government’s plan to engage more young Nigerians with their Finnish counterparts in the exchange of musical talents.
Suomela-Chowdhury told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the exchange, known as ‘code box’, was aimed at creating opportunities for the development of musical talents between young Nigerians and their counterparts from Finland.
The Envoy said that the exchange, scheduled to hold in Nigeria, in February 2017, would also be held subsequently in other African countries where Finland had her Embassies.
“The whole idea behind this exchange of talents between young Nigerians and their Finnish counterparts is to produce music through coding, and it is being sponsored by Nokia.
“We intend to go to schools and other places to carefully select impactful young Nigerians for this project.
“This exchange that would be bringing young coders from Finland to Nigeria, would enable our young ones learn from each other.
“I am so sure that many long-term and sustainable partnerships and relationships would come from this project for these young Nigerians and their Finnish counterparts,’’ she said.
Suomela-Chowdhury, who expressed optimism at the successful outcome of the project for young Nigerians, said that she was particularly ready to experience the project.
The Ambassador described the exchange as a “wonderful project’’ that would particularly be of importance and exposure to the benefiting young Nigerians and others from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Suomela-Chowdhury restated her government’s commitment to strengthening its areas of cooperation with Nigeria in the years ahead.
“We will keep promoting Finland in Nigeria, just that I will continue promoting Nigeria in Finland, whenever I am there.
“Many of the things that we really want to do with Nigeria cannot happen overnight; we must, therefore, keep working at them, to achieve the desired results,” she added.