Growing influence of Chinese language in Nigeria can impact the socio- economic development
Emmanuel Chidiebere Edeh, Xu Li Hua
The impact of China’s rise as an economic power in the global community can be felt in Nigeria, as such the need to promote Chinese language education in the country. The study explored Chinese language as an integral part for Socio- economic development in Nigeria. It adopted the method of documentary review of related literature. The study found that the growing influence of Chinese language education in Nigeria have been due to its perceived economic advantage? Job opportunity, education and travel opportunity have been identified as the major motivating factor for Chinese language among Nigerian youth. The study also highlighted the need to grant a statutory recognition to Chinese language in the Nigerian language policy to effectively promote Chinese language education. Finally it encouraged the Nigerian government to tap into the opportunity presented by Confucius institute to boost Socio- economic development.