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World Renowned Dance Groups

 

Nkwa Umuagbogho Dance Group performers in action

Nkwa Umuagbogho Dance Group performers in action

Afikpo is home to some of the best traditional dance groups in Africa. Among these are the award winning Nkwa Umuagbogho (“maidens”) Dance Group, winner of several national and international awards, the popular Nkwa Nwite (womens) Dance Group and over a dozen others. If you want to see these dance groups, dancers and drummers perform up close, come to Afikpo.

Warning! After watching the dancers perform up close or meeting the performers, you may be reluctant to return home. Or you may be tempted to marry one of them.

Members of Nkwa Nwite Dance Group

Members of Nkwa Nwite Dance Group

The warning above sounds like a joke (and is meant as a joke), but this actually happened to the first President of Nigeria, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. After watching Nkwa Umuagbogho Dance Group perform, Dr. Azikiwe fell for one of the dancers and married her. She is Chief Dr. Uche Azikiwe, the surviving wife of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Even better than watching the performers, go ahead and jump right in and dance along with the town folks at the various events that take place all over town. No prior practice needed. Unlike dance styles such as waltz, rumba, salsa, step dance and others that require structured movements, the dance style at parties and other social events is mostly unscripted. Simply dance as the music moves you and see how much fun you have.

 

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