Why Nigerian youths should take up breakdancing – US dancers

UNITED States (US) sports envoys have encouraged Nigerian youths to take up breakdancing to improve their dancing skills and enable them to compete in global sporting events, including the Olympics, where it will be featured. 




     

     

    The envoys, Macca Malik and Jacob Kujo stated this at an event to raise awareness on the sport in Abuja on Wednesday, May 15.
    The event was hosted by the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja, in collaboration with the FAME Foundation.

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    Addressing newsmen, Malik said breakdancing gives young Nigerians a platform to showcase their skills and creativity, adding that it could also make them represent their nation at global sporting events.
     She highlighted Nigeria’s rich cultural legacy and encouraged young women to get involved in the dance sport.

    “As an officially recognised Olympic sport set to debut at the upcoming Olympic Games, breakdancing’s dynamic movements and creativity present a significant opportunity for Nigerian youth,” she said.

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    Similarly, Kujo encouraged the Nigerian government to invest in breakdancing as a sport, adding that developing a strong breakdancing culture in Nigeria would boost the nation’s place in global sports.

    “We urge the federal government of Nigeria to consider investing in breakdancing infrastructure and training programmes. The substantial positive impacts of such endeavours will be felt in youth empowerment, skill enhancement, and international representation are undeniable,” he said.

    Malik, also known as B-Girl is a top female competitor in the breakdance. She
    brings visibility to women in a male-dominated sport while Kujo, also known as Lyons represents the people with hearing impairment in the sport.

    The executive director of the FAME Foundation, Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, appreciated the US sports envoys for giving Nigerian breakdancers substantial guidance on how to succeed and called on the federal government and stakeholders to provide facilities that support dancers’ ambitions.

    “We believe that through this training, Nigeria can progress towards meeting international standards in breakdancing and prepare its youth for Olympic participation. The encouragement from the U.S. sports envoys reminds us of the transformative impact of investing in diverse artistic expressions and athletic pursuits.

    “While the Nigerian breakdancers may not partake in this year’s Olympic competition, this training equips them to compete effectively in future events,” she said.

    The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, John Enoh, represented by Orok Effanga, pledged the ministry’s commitment to promoting and facilitating the sport’s growth in Nigeria.

    The event had a series of breakdancing performances from different groups including the Abuja breakdance community and other individual performances.

    Break dancing was recently introduced in Olympic sports and will make its debut on the world’s stage at the 2024 Paris Olympics set to take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

     

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