Selma Ashipala-Musavyi who has been in Nigeria for two years, said Nigeria had been a second home to her.
She stated that citizens of Namibia, who came to study during the struggle for the country’s liberation, are those currently running the affairs of the country, even as she described Nigeria as the centre of Africa.
The High Commissioner said: “It is a pleasure to meet with a former governor of Abia State. I have heard so much about him and I thought it would be unwise, ‘unAfrican’ and ‘unsisterly’ to leave without meeting with him.
“So, that is why I took the time to come and meet with him and hopefully, to meet him next time in Namibia.”
As a mark of honour and invitation, the High Commissioner presented to Kalu, an Ostrich egg, which she said, signified the tourism industry in Namibia.
“We are a handy nation and Namibia is the third most popular destination for tourism in Southern African.
“So, we are trying to get Nigerians interested to come to Namibia, as well as Namibians to come to Nigeria because we believe that intra-African tourism is the way to go. We should not always depend on the Europeans and other regions to come and explore the beauty of our continent,” Ashipala-Musavyi said.
The envoy said the mining industry was the major contributor to Namibia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
She lamented that the volume of trade between Namibia and Nigeria was very low and perhaps, if non-existent, adding that her major preoccupation was to get Namibia’s businessmen and women, to be interested in Nigeria and vice versa.
In his remarks, Kalu described the visit as a sisterly, South-South and African cooperation, which he had always preached.
He said preaching the South-South and African cooperation had not been difficult due to the high regard African countries had for him since he kick started in 1994, the establishment of investments in all African countries.
Kalu said: “In 1994, I started investment in all African countries from West to Central and now, trying to head to the South. All our banks and insurance companies are in all the coast of Africa.
“So, she has given me faith and opportunity to visit Namibia and I am going to be there very soon and see what we can do.”
Kalu also said though the relationship between the two countries was an age-long relationship, “the relationship has just started.”