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2017 K-POP competition: Korean envoy eulogizes Nigerians’ creativity

…as K-Night Africa crew clings overall winner

CALEB AYANSINA

ABUJA – Recently, the atmosphere at the 6th edition of the Korean K-POP dance competition held in Abuja was fascinating and electrifying with men and women, young and old from all parts of the country represented at the festival, enjoying themselves to the stupor.

The Hall of Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, were filled to its capacity as guests both invited and uninvited were already seated at about 1:30pm waiting patiently to see the 14 finalists from adult and student categories take the centre stage to show their mastery of the K-pop dance moves.

Vanguard gathered that the K-Pop Dance Competition is an annual event organised by the Korean Cultural Centre for the Nigerian youth to show their talent.

Declaring the competition open, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Noh Kyu-duk, extolled various levels of creativity displaced by Nigerians in the entertainment industry both at home and abroad.

Citing the 2016 World K-Pop Festival, where the Nigerian dance team “Supreme task crew” dazzled the audience, the Ambassador said that Nigeria is blessed with abundance of talents, saying that in dance alone, young people from the country had shown the whole world-wide what great feat they can achieve.

“The Supreme Task crew who represented Nigeria in the last K-Pop World Festival won the best team in the Performance category 2016. I understand that the leader of that team is here today to share a bit of their experience with the rest of you who will be competing.

“Perhaps also, the fact that 5 different teams who have passed through the Dance competition here in Nigeria at different times have gone ahead to do the country proud in Korea, should inspire all other contestants today.

“This year, we received a total of 39 entries from both school and adult crews in the preliminary level. Crews from many cities across Nigeria had competed in the online preliminary stage for limited slots in the final competition.

“Seven teams each from school and adult categories respectively will compete for honors. The overall 2 best teams from this year’s competition will get the opportunity to enter into the qualifying rounds of the K-Pop World Festival in Changwon Korea.”

Noh Kyu-duk added that “The Korean Cultural Centre has been remodeled to be more interactive, to ensure robust cultural relation between Nigeria and Korea.

At the end of the competition, the South-South team, Warri based, ‘K-Night Afrirca’ emerged overall winner of 2017 K-POP competition after it beat six other teams, while Crew 101 from Umuiahia, outshined Amity peak concept, NGIS K-POPIAN Junior, to become winner in the secondary school category.


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