GloBattleOfTheYear: Afro dance culture takes centrestage with Episode 5

It was another epic Saturday of dance battles as Episode 5 of Nigeria’s biggest dance show, Glo Battle of the Year aired on Glo TV, Globacom’s mobile streaming app.

Viewers were wowed with amazing Afro dance performances as dancers laid it all out for a spot in the national finals in Lagos. The trio of award-winning judges which included the internationally acclaimed Izzy Odigie, record-breaking, Pinkie Debbie, and fan’s favorite and street-friendly, Poco Lee, were tasked with picking the best of the best from these gladiators.

Across the six audition venues, energetic Afro dancers took centrestage as they didn’t just amaze the judges but thrilled the audience to Afro dance moves as afro-beats sounds blared from speakers. It was thrilling to watch the afro dancers wow with leg works, body movements, and random spins on the dance floor. In case you missed out on this episode that saw semifinalists emerge across the regions, here are a few highlights from this amazing episode of the show.

Female dancers showed they are better Afro dancers than their male counterparts. Across the regions, we had few female dancers compared to their male counterparts but most of the female dancers showed courage and strength as they progressed to the semifinals of the category. In all, we had three female dancers emerge across the four regions where they performed.

The Kaduna region showpiece produced mixed emotions for our judges. According to Pinkie Debbie, “some dancers were low in energy while some showed quality”. In all, the judges had to just stick to four dancers who would battle it out in the next episode. We had Afro Dance Vibes – a worker at a Shawarma joint who was hoping to win the prize money and buy the joint – battle it out with Progress who once worked as a cleaner. Progress progressed to the next round and dashed the hopes of Afro Dance Vibes.

In Enugu, we had a battle of champions when Tina, an afro dance champion in her school went up against Yung Mike who is an Afro dance champion in South Africa. Young Mike defeated his opponent and moved to the semi-finals. This left Kid Fly, Onyeka, Benjamin, and Yung Mike as the Enugu finalists.

Catch the semi-finals of the Afro dance category in the next episode of the competition and hopefully we have more thrills and dope dancing to watch out for. You can catch repeat broadcasts of the show weekly on the following stations; AIT, Tuesdays 9-10 pm

African Magic Family, Tuesdays 10-11 pm

African Magic Showcase, Tuesdays 5-6 pm

African Magic Urban, Sundays 3-4 pm

NTA, Sundays 8-9 pm.


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