Check Out Top Five Nigerian Dancers Leading A Movement (Photos)

Published On: August 5, 2020, 8:57 pm
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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The Nigerian entertainment industry will be incomplete without dancers, some of them have excelled more than others and deserve to be celebrated.
Here are five Nigerian dancers breaking records and leading a movement:

1. Kaffy: Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh has broken world records and single-handedly brought the dance industry into the 21st century, helping to kickstart some of the first reality dance shows in Nigeria. She is a CEO and choreographer, teaching and helping other dancers through her company, The Imagneto Dance company.

Apart from helping to teach the next generation of Nigerian dancers and fighting for their place in entertainment, she also uses her voice to bring to fore real social issues. Since she broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Dance Party’, she has worked with several artistes including Ciara, Tiwa Savage, P-Square, D’banj and more.

2. Stephen Papi Ojo: Papi Ojo, as he prefers to be called, is a 22-year-old self-taught dancer whose mission is taking African dances to a global audience. He was one of the most prominent characters (The Blue Man) on Beyonce’s ‘Black is King’ visual album. His goal is to teach as many people as possible different African dances.

He taught Beyonce and her crew the “Network” dance from Ghana and Nigeria’s “Kpakujemu”. He also taught Rihanna how to “Gwara Gwara” (a South African dance) for her 2018 Grammys performance of ‘Wild Thoughts’ and Janet Jackson how to “Kupe” (a Ghanian dance) for her music video ‘Made For Now’. Over the course of his six-year dance career with his group, Africa’s Very Own (A.V.O Boyz) which he started with his late older brother, Emmanuel and his friend, Caleb, he has performed with stars like Wizkid, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Davido, Teyana Taylor, and more.

3. Poco Lee: Iweh Pascal Odinaka, his real name, is more than just a dancer, he is also a hypeman. The 24-year-old got his big break after popular Nigerian artiste, Zlatan featured him in his ‘Zanku’ video. He had seen a video of Poco Lee dancing on the streets.

Since his big break in January 2019, the dancer has created his signature dance called “The Poco” and performed with the biggest acts of the country like Grammy-nominated acts, Burna Boy and Wizkid. He has also performed with Davido, Naira Marley, Tiwa Savage, Niniola and more.

4. Girls Got Bold: The GGB Dance Crew is made up of three highly talented girls, each act with a unique style that complements the others. Odiley Emmanuella, Afije Rose Omokhoa and Ifeoma Efiokwu met at the award-winning producer, Clarence Peters’ studio in 2014. After jealously admiring each other and their skills, they came together to create a group.

They have a mandate to inspire and encourage young women and to create progressive platforms for the dance industry. Over the course of their careers as a group, they’ve worked with several brands and artistes to showcase their talents. The group has performed alongside D’Banj. P-Square, Olamide, Wande Coal, 2Baba, Davido, and more.

5. Pinki Debbie: Pinki, whose real name is Debbie Sunmisola Odumegwu broke the Guinness World Record for ‘longest dance by an individual’ in 2017. She danced for 137 hours straight to set a new world record and beat the previous record of 123 hours and 15 minutes, set by an Indian woman, Kalamandalam Hemaletha. Since her big moment in November 2017, she has worked with brands like Pepsi and Tecno Mobile. She has also performed alongside Mayorkun, Naira Marley, Zlatan, Small Doctor and more.