China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, is making the rounds this week to say good-bye to officials in Abuja ahead of his planned departure. Ambassador Zhou is the third high profile Chinese envoy to rotate out of their post in Africa following this spring’s departure of former ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian and ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng who will also be departing soon.
Ambassador Zhou gained considerable notoriety in April when news broke of widespread acts of discrimination against Nigerians and other Africans in Guangzhou. He was called in to meet with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, where, in a dramatic video that went viral on Twitter, the Speaker made the ambassador watch videos of the apparent maltreatment that was taking place in the southern Chinese city.
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