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News, 12/18/2017

Finnish Ambassador and Nigeria’s Minister of State Praise Bilateral Relations at Finland’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

The 100th Anniversary of Finland's independence was celebrated in Abuja on 6 December 2017, at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Finland.

In their speeches, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, and Ambassador Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury praised the active relations between Finland and Nigeria, especially in the area of trade. Both made reference to the recent visit of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland to Nigeria with a large business delegation, as well as other high-level visits. They also mentioned the main Centenary Anniversary activity of Finland in Nigeria, the CodeBus Africa project that took place in February, and was designed to encourage especially girls into computer coding.

Ambassador and Minister of State
Finnish Ambassador and Nigerian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs praised bilateral relations

Among other high-level guests who attended the occasion were Nigerian Minister of Health Hon. Isaac Adewole, Minister of State for Health Hon Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri. Guests also included Nigerian high officials, diplomats, the Finnish community in Nigeria, Finnish companies and their partners, members of the Nigerian-Finnish Association, representatives of academia, and organisations that the Ambassador and her staff have met and worked with, as well as Nigerians who have lived and studied in Finland, and numerous members of the media.

National Anthem of Finland
Listening to national anthems of Nigeria and Finland
Minister of Health
Minister of Health Isaac Adewole with Vice-Chancellor of Ibadan University
Ambassador Gambari
Ambassador Professor Ibrahim Gambari with Ambassador Bello Ringim
Senator Omoworare
Senator Babajide Omoworare, and Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun of UN Information
Minister of State
Minister of State during the celebrations
Discussions at reception
Good discussions at Centenary Anniversary reception
Ambassador of Sudan
Ambassador of Sudan with Minister of State for Health of Nigeria
Toast for Finland
Toasting to 100 years of independence
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Updated 12/29/2017

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