Popular artiste, Chinagorom Onuoha, aka African China, speaks about his experience in Switzerland
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled to?
That would be Switzerland.
What was the purpose of your trip and where did you stay while there?
I went for two things – to shoot a musical video and to perform at a musical show. I stayed at two different places while there. When I arrived at Switzerland, I stayed at Zurich. Then, I later moved to Basel, and it was a beautiful and memorable experience.
Did you travel alone or you travelled with a group?
I travelled with my manager.
What was the first thing that impressed you about Switzerland?
I was impressed by how clean Switzerland is despite the fact that it is a small country. You will hardly find a policeman on the streets but they are always keeping watch since there are cameras everywhere.
Did you visit any interesting place while you were in Switzerland?
Not really. I just visited some African bars, and I had a nice time hanging out with some of my African brothers. We also went on a boat cruise just to relax and enjoy ourselves.
Did you try any of their local food?
Yes I did, but I cannot remember the name now.
How does their hospitality compare with what we have in Nigeria?
I think Nigeria is better because this is home. I think I was treated well in Switzerland because I was a visitor. If you have stayed at a place for years and you get good hospitality there, I think you should be proud of that place more than any other place you visit for a short period. You get treated well in other countries only because you are a visitor and you are only there for a short period of time.
Do the Swiss know much about Nigerian music?
Just a few of them, especially the ones married to Nigerians who also attended the show where I performed. Aside from those connected to Nigerians, I think the Swiss are indifferent to Nigerian music.
What can Nigerian learn from Switzerland?
I think what Nigeria needs to learn from Switzerland is continuity and cleanliness. As Nigerians, we are fond of starting projects and failing to follow it through.We allow what we have built get destroyed before our very eyes. Look at Switzerland, the country is small but yet very clean and peaceful.
Did you see anything that reminded you of Nigeria?
It was when I saw some of my Nigerian brothers that I had a nostalgic feeling. Also when I went to those African bars, the reception was warm and they showed me lots of love. I felt special.
What is your dream travel experience?
My dream travel experience will be to visit the Bahamas. I really love that place.
Did you buy any artefact?
No, but I got a very beautiful towel. I loved the design on the towel, so I had to buy it.
What is the best travel advice you can give to anyone?
My advice to anyone who wants to travel out of the country is to make sure that your reason for travelling is genuine. This will give you ample opportunity to enjoy the trip