By Raphael Izokpu
The Korea Ambassador to Nigeria , Amb.In-tae Lee has said K-Pop dance competition organised by its cultural center was to promote understanding and strengthen bilateral relations between both countries through cultural exchange.
Lee stated this in Abuja, in his welcome address at the 7th K-Pop Dance Competition Nigeria 2018.
The K-pop dance competition is an annual dance competition organized by the Korea cultural Center Nigeria KCCN, where dance teams across the country are free to participate.
According to the ambassador, “The aim of the whole programme is to promote understanding and strengthen bilateral relations between our both countries through cultural exchange.
“I’m so absolutely delighted to attend my first K-pop dance competition in Nigeria .
“I had known of your strong passion for K-pop dance prior to my coming to Nigeria. But since arriving in this country a couple of months back, l have seen firsthand the resilience and ingenuity of Nigerians everywhere I have been particularly young Nigerians on whose hands lie the future of this country. From all corners of Nigeria, young people who have fallen in love with the energy and creativity, passion and commitment that K-pop demands have participated in this competition for 7 years now. Once, a team from Nigeria conquered the K-pop world and became the first team from African continent to win the KBS world K-pop competition”
“With an estimated population of over 198 million people blessed with abundant talents, Nigeria’s creative and entertainment industry with the required commitment from all stakeholders is a boom unraveling. It surely can generate tremendous employment opportunities and create wealth for Nigeria’s teeming populace”
“I am happy that the K-pop competition in Nigeria is providing such platform to promote creativity and entertainment, thereby, enabling Nigerian youth to showcase their talents, improve their skills and prepare further challenges and successes.
According to he, “The overall first and second place winners of the final competition will enter for the preliminary rounds of the KBS world K-pop festival in Korea. It means that one of the two teams stands a chance to compete in the K-pop world festival in Korea later in the year”.
Earlier, the Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture who was represented by the Ag. Director extension services Dr. Hajara Amoni, solicited for more programmes these kind within the country to further strengthened the bilateral relationship that has existed between the two countries.
She therefore, commended the Korea embassy and its cultural Center for the initiative.
The K-pop dancing competition is divided into two categories of School and Adult/professional.
Under the school category, Julimore won The Star prize of three hundred thousand naira, the second position of two hundred thousand naira want to K-POPIANS boys while K-POPIANS girls got the third position of one hundred thousand naira.
While the adult/ professional category, was Northsidekingz won the first position of five hundred thousand, Classic Royals got three hundred thousand for the second position while the Elites dance crew got one hundred thousand Naira for the third position.
Speaking with journalists, the leader of Northsidekingz dance crew Mr. Michael Neon who won the overall first position said him and his group are very very so excited coming first in competition, for it them alot of time, work and sacrifices as it them about three months to be together.