Higher Education | Ubiquitous Confucius Institutes spread the influence of China’s Communist government abroad under the guise of teaching language and culture
by June Cheng & Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/12/18, 02:35 pm
Inside the bustling University of Lagos campus in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Chinese and Nigerian flags fly outside a green shipping-container-turned-building with “Confucius Institute” written in both English and Mandarin. Chinese paper lanterns dangle from the eaves while a white scroll painting of Confucius hangs in the hallway. In a courtyard opposite the institute, senior Bolu Nathaniel sits beneath the shade of a tree and belts out a Chinese love ballad. “Because you are my eyes, you show me that the world is right in front of me,” he sings in flawless Mandarin.