By Lawrence Audu

Nigerian contingent at the winter Olympics
Nigerian contingent at the winter Olympics

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is under way

The ceremony kicked-off  in Pyeongchang, South Korea with with a countdown followed by fire works and parade of nations.

This first segment, entitled countdown, has been described as follows: Five children begin their time travel on a quest of peace. The children follow the White Tiger, one of the four guardian gods and protectors of peace, and they arrive at an ancient field of snow where heaven, earth, and nature are in communion with people. A heavenly altar appears in the land of peace to connect the heavens and earth, with everyone dancing in hope for peace.

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Neither US president Donald Trump nor North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be attending tonight’s opening ceremony. But vice president Mike Pence and Kim Jong-un’s younger sister are attending the event.

Other foreign dignitaries reported to be in attendance include: Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette, Chinese Politburo standing member Han Zheng, Colombia Vice President Óscar Naranjo, French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, King Willem Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, North Korean President Kim Yong-nam, Polish president Andrzej Duda, Slovakian President Andrej Kiska and Swiss president Alain Berset.