On April 26, 2023 an official delegation led by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ms. Mariam Katagum visited the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia (NMNHS), at the proposal of H.E. Yanko Yordanov, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Abuja.
The delegation was greeted by Prof. Pavel Stoev, Director of NMNHS, and Prof. Petar Beron, who worked as a researcher in Nigeria in the period 1976 to 1979.
During the visit, the two scientists presented to the guests the most valued exhibits in the museum’s collection and outlined their plans of collaboration with researchers from Nigeria.
Minister Mariam Katagum was impressed with Prof. Beron’s stories about his work as nature reserves manager and his contribution to the building of a museum and a zoo in the town of Jos, Nigeria, some 45 years ago.
Prof. Beron gave Minister Mariam Katagum as a present a copy of his book “Sanu, Bature!”, which is devoted to that period of his life.
The visit to Bulgaria of the Nigerian government and business delegation comes at the invitation of the Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stoyanov.