Dane with A Passion to Reframe Nigeria

At AUN on September 27 was a foreign diplomat in Nigeria who yearns to present Nigeria well.

"I would like to use the Danish media to tell the Nigeria story and to change how Nigeria is viewed by the outside world,” said visiting Danish Ambassador.

Ambassador Torben Getterman expressed this sentiment during his time at AUN, his second visit since assuming office three years ago.

The Ambassador, who was accompanied by his wife, affirmed that Nigeria is among the best countries they have been to around the world.

“Nigerians have a good sense of humor,” he said, adding that Nigeria is a very great country where youths, in particular, are industrious and creative.  This is not the view held in other countries.  

“The perception outside is that Nigerian youths are scammers and I will make sure I change this view using Danish newspapers and television stations,” the Ambassador reiterated.

The Ambassador was at AUN to strengthen ongoing collaboration between his home government and the University towards educating children that are displaced by the insurgency.

President Dawn Dekle who welcomed the ambassador’s partnership with the University said that investing in education especially that of girls will go a long way to stabilize the country.  

“If Nigeria is stable, West Africa will definitely be stable.” She also praised the efforts of the ambassador, adding that the support shown goes far beyond the funding.  “But the motive, the time and gesture are the most important,” she added.  

By Nubwa Ibrahim

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