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The slum kids tipped for stardom by Rihanna

4 months ago, 18 Mar 18:00

By: Lola Mosanya

The Ikorodu Talented Kids are a group of children from Nigeria hoping to take the world by storm one dance routine at a time. Living in the slums of Ikorodu, Lagos, the dance troupe was created in 2014 to get kids from poor homes off the streets. Recently, videos of them dancing on social media have caught the attention of celebrities like Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Diddy. Seyi Oluyole is the 26-year-old responsible for turning their streets into a dance studio. She's the founder of The Dream Catchers, an organisation which gives these children a home while teaching them to dance. Love This Tune! Also our entry into #TickTockChallenge Please help tag @eugyofficial @chopdaily Winning will mean a lot. It will also help support our feeding, school fees and clothes! Done forget to comment! We love hearing from you! #Dance #Afrodance #Naijadance #ikorodutothe🌍 #Ikorodutotheworld #NWE #Chopdaily #eugyofficial #TickTockChallenge #TalentKids #GwaraGwara #shakushaku @nweworldwide @worldafrodance A post shared by Ikorodu Talented kids 🇳🇬 (@dreamcatchersda) on Feb 11, 2018 at 8:23am PST End of Instagram post by dreamcatchersda "As a teenager, I had slept on the road a couple of times due to some financial issues my family was going through," Seyi tells Newsbeat. "Hence my passion was born to help other children." The Ikorodu Kids Instagram is full of videos of them dancing in the Nigerian heat to afrobeats' stars like Wizkid and UK artists like Big Shaq. The nine children in the group range from age six to 15-years-old and up until a few days ago, most of them hadn't heard of Rihanna. "We've tagged [posts] and tried to get the attention of so many people, it never worked. But this one just happened," Seyi says. Rihanna shared a video of the kids with her 60 million Instagram followers to celebrate becoming the most streamed female artist of all time on Apple music. when I found out that I was the first female artist to cross 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music! God is too lit!!!! A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Mar 10, 2018 at 11:05am PST End of Instagram post by badgalriri It wasn't long before other celebrities followed suit, with Naomi Campbell writing, "Dancing QUEENS... can't wait to meet you in person" on her post. Bless. You Angels @dreamcatchersda thank you ♥️♥️🙏🏾🇳🇬 #Nigeria A post shared by Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:26pm PDT End of Instagram post by iamnaomicampbell MOOD ALL WEEKEND @dreamcatchersda A post shared by Diddy (@diddy) on Mar 10, 2018 at 1:02pm PST End of Instagram post by diddy "Considering their backgrounds, most of the kids did not really know them [the celebrities]," says Seyi. "The whole idea that the person who saw the video is a celebrity in another country is what they loved the most. We had some tears when I explained what it meant. "A lot of us cried because it's like the moment we've always been waiting for might be here. "People have told us ...
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The slum kids tipped for stardom by Rihanna

4 months ago, 18 Mar 18:00

By: Lola Mosanya
The Ikorodu Talented Kids are a group of children from Nigeria hoping to take the world by storm one dance routine at a time. Living in the slums of Ikorodu, Lagos, the dance troupe was created in 2014 to get kids from poor homes off the streets. Recently, videos of them dancing on social media have caught the attention of celebrities like Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Diddy. Seyi Oluyole is the 26-year-old responsible for turning their streets into a dance studio. She's the founder of The Dream Catchers, an organisation which gives these children a home while teaching them to dance. Love This Tune! Also our entry into #TickTockChallenge Please help tag @eugyofficial @chopdaily Winning will mean a lot. It will also help support our feeding, school fees and clothes! Done forget to comment! We love hearing from you! #Dance #Afrodance #Naijadance #ikorodutothe🌍 #Ikorodutotheworld #NWE #Chopdaily #eugyofficial #TickTockChallenge #TalentKids #GwaraGwara #shakushaku @nweworldwide @worldafrodance A post shared by Ikorodu Talented kids 🇳🇬 (@dreamcatchersda) on Feb 11, 2018 at 8:23am PST End of Instagram post by dreamcatchersda "As a teenager, I had slept on the road a couple of times due to some financial issues my family was going through," Seyi tells Newsbeat. "Hence my passion was born to help other children." The Ikorodu Kids Instagram is full of videos of them dancing in the Nigerian heat to afrobeats' stars like Wizkid and UK artists like Big Shaq. The nine children in the group range from age six to 15-years-old and up until a few days ago, most of them hadn't heard of Rihanna. "We've tagged [posts] and tried to get the attention of so many people, it never worked. But this one just happened," Seyi says. Rihanna shared a video of the kids with her 60 million Instagram followers to celebrate becoming the most streamed female artist of all time on Apple music. when I found out that I was the first female artist to cross 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music! God is too lit!!!! A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Mar 10, 2018 at 11:05am PST End of Instagram post by badgalriri It wasn't long before other celebrities followed suit, with Naomi Campbell writing, "Dancing QUEENS... can't wait to meet you in person" on her post. Bless. You Angels @dreamcatchersda thank you ♥️♥️🙏🏾🇳🇬 #Nigeria A post shared by Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:26pm PDT End of Instagram post by iamnaomicampbell MOOD ALL WEEKEND @dreamcatchersda A post shared by Diddy (@diddy) on Mar 10, 2018 at 1:02pm PST End of Instagram post by diddy "Considering their backgrounds, most of the kids did not really know them [the celebrities]," says Seyi. "The whole idea that the person who saw the video is a celebrity in another country is what they loved the most. We had some tears when I explained what it meant. "A lot of us cried because it's like the moment we've always been waiting for might be here. "People have told us ...
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