Trix Ingado Luvindi in work. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
By Ai Ting
“As a journalist, the most important thing is truth and objectivity. I want to learn about real China, not the China we heard in history or news and agencies pictured. I come here and I have seen a real, open and flourishing country,” Trix Ingado Luvindi, a journalist working with Kenya Television Network, said seriously and firmly.
In 2018, a total of 29 journalists from 28 African countries came to China to attend a program at China Africa Press Center. Luvindi is a fellow of the program.
Hosted by China Public Diplomatic Association, the 10-month-long program is aimed at organizing various visits, training and experience activities to help African media and journalists learn more about China and China-Africa relations, further promote exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and African media and enhance mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese and African people.
In February, Luvindi arrived in China and she will stay here till December. During the past five months, Luvindi participated in reporting big events like China’s Two Sessions and Boao Forum for Asia, went to many provinces and cities in China such as Hainan, Guangdong and Hubei, visited China Global Television Network and China Agricultural Exhibition Center and studied for a master’s degree in global journalism at Renmin University of China. Those study and work experiences have left a deep impression on Luvindi and helped her get to know about China in a more direct way.
“China has developed immensely, even beyond my expectation. It’s a country that has vibrant economy, and it’s working day and night to make itself better. This is what I have seen,” Luvindi recalled her visits in China while she was introducing her articles contributed to CRI Kiswahili on her phone. For now, about 20 reports written by her on what she has seen and experienced about China’s politics, culture, economy and tourism have been published on the website.
In Guangzhou, Luvindi visited and reported Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and she was amazed at this world’s longest sea bridge. “It’s really cool to see how the bridge goes under water and comes out. It’s really a big innovation that Chinese engineers can accomplish,” she said excitedly. In Hubei, she visited Yellow Crane Tower and found it really impressive that Chinese people have put lots of efforts on conserving historical sites. “We’ve seen it from museums, statues and the historical relics conserved in glass cases.”
As for the most satisfying one among those reports, Luvindi introduced her visit to Li and Miao communities in Sanya of Hainan Province. She wrote a cultural story about local traditional practices, dances, gourmets, what local people do to make a living and how tourism has been used to help local communities better their own lives.
“2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up. China is doing everything it can since its reform and opening-up to develop economy and improve people’s life,” Luvindi said when she was showing the photos and video taken in Sanya shared on WeChat moment on her phone.
“For example, in Hainan, I witnessed how tourism has been developed to improve people’s lives. I think it is the time for them to open up to the world more confidently because they can now welcome people from around the world to see their beautiful lives, islands and beaches. This is the thing what I have seen as a result of reform and opening-up in China, and that is something that I think even African countries can borrow.”
Actually, the achievements of China’s reform and opening-up recorded in Luvindi’s reports have attracted much attention of Africans. “Guys are interested in and wowed by some of these things. I did also some social media videos for CRI. These videos have got over 40,000 views within a short time. This shows the great interest people have in China’s development.”
From this trip to China, Luvindi not only witnessed the great achievements China has made since its reform and opening-up, but also has experienced and gained a deeper understanding of China-Africa friendship.
Luvindi was greatly impressed at Chinese people’s kindness and hospitality during her visits. “Everyone I interacted with here, whether he or she is a government official or a shopkeeper, they are really willing to help and they are really kind, nice to me. This is what will always stay in my mind.”
“Kenya has a longstanding good relationship with China. The two countries have adhered to win-win cooperation and common development. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, which was opened in Kenya last year, is a good witness and it is a model for China-Africa infrastructure construction cooperation,” Luvindi said. “This comfortable, modern and widely praised railway has had a massive impact on Kenya and the East African region, and the local people do benefit a lot from it.”
In September, the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is to be held on theme of the Belt and Road Initiative to further promote China-Africa cooperation. This summit will be the focus of Luvindi’s study and work in following days in China as she will stay in Beijing and work for this big event by then.
“Under the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative, there are lots of China-Africa infrastructure cooperation projects like constructing roads, railways, airports and ports underway in Africa. Take the port being built in Lamu for example, I believe after it is completed, goods can come in and through the country to other parts of the East African region and the rest of world, so the coastal region of Kenya will be a strategy point for African or global economy.”
Next, Luvindi’s journey of learning and experiencing in China will continue in following months. She hopes to better understand China to report a real China to the people in Kenya and other African counties, and strives to be a good witness, promoter and spreader for China-Africa friendship and cooperation.
(Beijing Union University contributes to video recording and producing.)
Trix Ingado Luvindi in work. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
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