- As `K-Night Africa’, `Crew 10′ win 2017 Korea Pop competition
The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Noh Kyu-duk has acknowledged the impact of the acceptance of the Korean K-Pop Dance by Nigerian youths on the diplomatic relationship of the two nations.
This is coming as the ‘K-Night Africa’ and ‘Crew 10’ Dance Groups on Sunday in Abuja emerged winners of the 2017 Korean Pop (K-POP) Dance Competition in the adult and student categories respectively.
Kyu-duk in his congratulatory message at the commencement of the 2017 edition of the K-Pop Dance Competition in Nigeria, said that the robust diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Korea is growing stronger while he was optimistic that the many cultural activities that Korea is promoting in Nigeria will be sustained.
He acknowledged the keener interest that people around the globe have K-Pop; he appreciated Nigeria as a country blessed with abundance of talents. “In dance alone, young people from this nation have time and time again, shown on the world stage in faraway Korea, 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.”
He disclosed that the Korean Cultural Centre has been remodeled to be more interactive, saying that around the K-Pop section in the exhibition hall, visitors can watch and listen to new K-Pop songs on tablets. K-Pop dance class is now a regular program at the Cultural Centre. “Dance instructors from Korea are periodically brought –in to take students on dance lessons, while a local dance instructor is always on ground.” he added.
This year, he said the organizers of the competition received a total of 39 entries from both school and adult crews in the preliminary level and those crews from many cities across Nigeria had competed in the online preliminary stage for limited slots in the final competition.
At this finale, the Ambassador said, 7 teams each from school and adult categories respectively competed for honors.
He stated before the event proper that 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.
At the end of the event, ‘K-Night Africa’ and ‘Crew 10’ Dance Groups emerged winners of the 2017 Korean Pop (K-POP) Dance Competition in the adult and student categories respectively.
The duo beat 12 other contestants to clinch the first prizes of N300, 000 and N200, 000, respectively.
K-Night African from Warri would also represent Nigeria at the 2017 World K-POP Dance Competition in Seoul, South Korea later in the year.
In the adult category, Fragiles Dance Crew from Port Harcourt, and 360 Dance Crew from Umuahia, emerged second and third runners up respectively.
While Fragiles Dance Crew was given the prize of N 200,000, 360 Dance Crew was given N100, 000.
In the student category, Amity Peak Concept and NGIS K-Popian Junior, all from Lugbe in the FCT emerged second and third runners up respectively.
Amity got N100, 000 while NGIS got N70, 000.
Speaking earlier the Ambassador of Republic of South Korea to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-duk said Nigeria was blessed with talented dancers.
“Young Nigerians have time to prove to the world in Korea that they have what it takes to win at the world stage of dance.
“The Supreme Task Dance Group from Nigeria won the “Best Performing Dance Group at the 2016 World K-POP festival in Korea.
“So far, five different dance team from Nigeria have done the country proud. This should be an inspiration for other young Nigerians.”
Also, speaking the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended the Korean and embassy for doing a lot to enhance the level of cultural relationship with Nigeria.
He also commended the centre for giving young Nigerians the opportunity to showcase their talents.