Music is said to be the best form of entertainment, because it makes almost every activity very enjoyable. However, music and entertainment industry will be incomplete without dancers.
Nigeria is filled with massively talented dancers, but a few among them have excelled more than others and deserve to be celebrated.
Below are list of 8 world class dancers who originates from Nigeria.
Sarah Olaniran popularly known as SayRah, is a Nigerian dancer and choreographer who resides in America.
This exceptional dancer has unimaginable passion for performing and believes that dance can change people’s lives in many ways. Her passion for dance began at a very young age in 2008. She alongside her family came third in the famous Maltina Dance All competition.
Girls Got Bold (GGB)
The GGB dance crew is made up of three highly talented girls, each with a unique style that complements the other.
Odiley Emmanuella, Afije Roseline Omokho (Liquorose) and Ifeoma Efiokwu, met at the award-winning producer Clarence Peter studio in 2014. After jealously admiring each other skills, they came together to create a group.
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They have a mandate to inspire and encourage young women and to create progressive platforms for dance in the industry. The group has performed alongside Dbanj, Psquare, Olamide, Wande Coal, Davido and many others.
Cynthia Nneka popularly known as Delacyn is a Nigerian-American dancer, choreographer and music director. After being selected to perform at the 2018 National College dance festival, Delacyn has remained relevant through her social media channels.
She’s known for her slick dance moves, afrofusion classes and frequent collaborations with other dancers.
Delacyn has worked with notable musicians like Sean Paul, Akon, Cardi B, Missy Elliott, Adekunle Gold and Rema.
Stephen Papi Ojo
Papi Ojo is a 23 year old self-taught dancer whose mission is taking African dance to the global audience.
He was one of the most prominent characters, the “Blue Man” of Beyonce’s “Black is King” visual album. He thought Beyonce and her crew the Network dance from Ghana and Nigeria’s Kpakujemu. He has also worked with stars like Wizkid, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Davido, Teyana Taylor and more.
Iweh Pascal Odinaka popularly known as Poco Lee, is an embodiment of the African dance art form. He got his breakthrough after popular Nigerian artist Zlatan featured him in his video Zanku and since then Poco Lee has created his own signature dance move called the poco dance.
Izzy as she’s popularly known is a New York born Nigerian afrobeats choreographer. 2019, she made the list of OkayAfrica’s 100 women.
Izzy was born in 1996 in Brooklyn New York but was brought up in Edo State where she went to boarding school and moved back to the US in 2007. Izzy came to limelight when she danced with Eddy Kenzo in 2015 in a video reaching over 20 million views on YouTube. Eddy now tours the world with her crafts.
Izzy has worked with several artists like Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade and others.
Nigerian dancer and choreographer, Pinki whose real name is Debbie Odumegwu, broke the guinness world record for the longest dance by an individual in 2017. She danced for 137 hours straight to set a new world record that beat the previous record of 123 hours and 15 minutes.
She has worked with several brands like Pepsi, Techno mobile and many others. She has also performed alongside Mayorkun, Naira Marley, Zlatan Small Doctor and many others.
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Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, popularly known by her stage name Kaffy, 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 Magneto Dance company. She has worked with several artists including Ciara, Tiwa Savage, Psquare, Dbanj and many more.
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