Group pledges to boost cohesion between Nigeria, South Africa

Group pledges to boost cohesion between Nigeria, South Africa

Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:47 am

Members of the Women League of Nigeria Union

The Women League of Nigeria Union, Rustenburg chapter, says it will use the body to foster social cohesion between Nigeria and South Africa.

Mrs Susan Ogbeche, the acting chairperson of the league, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa, on Thursday that the league was committed to ensuring cohesion in the diverse cultures of both countries.

“ The women league was formed a year ago. Our aim is to unite South African women married to Nigerians and Nigerian women in our league.

“We want to bring our cultures together, learn from each other and build a strong bond between our countries,” she said.

Ogbeche, a South African, said the values of Nigerian culture were being imbibed from members and would be used to train their children.

According to her, the league meets once every month and creates an avenue for learning and exchange of ideas.

“ Some of us married to Nigerians learn from our sisters on cultures, especially dresses, food and language.

“ I have been married for 17 years and it’s been wonderful.

“ I have learnt a lot about my husband`s language, dress codes for each occasion, food and the training of our children,” she said.

She also said the league had provided assistance to members who lost loved ones as well as offered succour to motherless children.

Mrs Nosiphiwo Nwanedo, another South African and the Public Relations Officer of the league, said her favourite Nigerian food was egusi soup.

“ I can cook any Nigerian soup. But my favourite is Egusi soup. I like all Nigerian attires and they look beautiful with the designs.

“ I have been married for 15 years and I have learnt so many things from my husband. It has been a wonderful experience,” she said.

Nwanedo said the league had provided members the opportunity to learn about their cultures, share experiences and provide assistance to those in need.

Mrs Ogechi Onukem, a Nigerian and special adviser to the league, said the body had created a forum for social interaction for the two countries.

“ As an elderly person, I have been teaching our sisters Nigerian culture and preparation of local delicacies.

“ They are learning and gradually, they will get used to our way of life.

“ We are trying our best to also learn from South African culture. As Africans, we must learn each other’s way of life,” she said.

She said the league had a successful inauguration in August and would focus on a project aimed at boosting the relationship between the two countries.

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