The atmosphere at the 4th edition of the Korean pop dance competition held at the conference Hall of Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja was electrifying with men and women, especially the youth from all parts of the federation represented on the occasion held spell bound for much of the time.
The guests were all seated at about 1pm waiting to see the 14 finalists take the centre stage to show their mastery of the K-pop dance moves. The hall was filled to capacity and the beaming lighting added magnificent colour to the entire package as the DJ gave his best with the support of the MC, Sixfootplus.
The contestants comprising young and adult groups took the centre stage performing different dance moves from world renowned Korean Pop stars like BTS, JJCC, BIG, Boys in Groove, 4 Minutes, Bad Kiss, GDxtaeyang, I Punch and Lukus.
Tracks like Babomba, A Good Boy, Turn Me On, Break Ya, War, Danger, Fire, Between Night and Music, Are You Ready and Crazy made sure the choreography was mind blowing.
After the tensed atmosphere and the tough time the judges had in choosing who the winner was, K-popians (boys) Gwagwalada won the first price in the secondary school category while T-Sod won the 2015 K-pop dance competition and both are to represent Nigeria in South Korea to fight for the grand price of the international K-pop dance competition.
Speaking after their win, T-Sod, who couldn’t hide their joy could only summon the energy at first to say “Na God Win.”
“We give God the glory because He’s the one that has made this possible. We have done our part by rehearsing and putting our effort in making sure we give all best. And today we are happy that we would be representing Nigeria at the international level of the competition.
“We are really happy and we thank the Korean ambassador and the director of culture in Nigeria for making sure that this competition continues. This is another way of helping the youth and also promoting cultural exchange between the two countries. We will go to Korea and show the world the stuff we are made of” the excited group further said.
Speaking earlier, the ambassador of Korea to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-duk said “Nigeria is my second home and I feel at home whenever I am in this country even after serving as first secretary at the embassy and now I am here as an ambassador of the Republic of Korea.”
He added: “Here in Nigeria K-pop is broadcast on radio and TV and I have watched young Nigerians singing or dancing to K-pop on their smartphones. Music is genuinely global language where people sympathise and communicate with each other.
“Young Nigerians are very dynamic and optimistic, they like music and dance and I believe that K-pop is a good match for them.”
In an interview, the director, Korea Cultural Centre Nigeria, Kwom Young-ik, said he was always happy seeing young Nigerians participate in cultural events because it helped to keep them focused and enlightened about other cultures.
“We are happy that this year’s K-pop competition was successful. They have all performed very well and the judges are professionals. We thank all those who made this possible and the guests for always coming to support us during our event. This shows that Nigerians are loving and lively people and we hope to keep doing great things in this country,” he pointed out.
The finalists were drawn from Edo, Kaduna, Lagos, Delta, Enugu and Rivers. About 60 Samsung smart phones were given out as consolation prizes to the winners and runners up, while awards and cash prizes also went to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
The K-pop competition is a yearly event organised by the Korean Culture Centre Nigeria. The previous winners of the K-pop competition in Nigeria are “The Elevators” who also went on to win the 3rd prize in the main K-pop competition in Korea while ‘iDez Girls’ won the friendship prize in the main competition as well as honorary ambassadorship of the Visit Korea committee.