5 Viral Dance Moves That Kenyans Created

For one of these dance moves, it was unlikely that a lot of thought went into it and for others, it was merely a ‘remix’ to an already popular move. Either way, here are five dance moves that Kenya has managed to teach the world.

5. The Kemboi.

Like I said, it’s clear that not much thought went into this one although who cares! The man had just won Gold!

Kemboi’s waist shaking celebratory dance went viral back in 2011 with there being instances of him doing it a couple of times in the years that followed, including that one time he even got to teach his world famous dance to our Deputy President William Ruto!

4. The Lipala.

This dance is a traditional Kenyan staple at functions like weddings and was made incredibly famous by Sauti Sol’s music video to their 2014 smash single ‘Sura Yako’.

After garnering six million hits, Sauti Sol took the ‘Lipala’ a notch higher by teaching it to our President Uhuru Kenyatta and former US president Barack Obama during his trip to the 254 a couple years back.

3. The original ‘Odi’ dance. 

Made famous by artist Timeless Noel, you may (or may not) know this but according to YouTuber Justin Bradford,…

The term “odi” is a slang in short for ‘ ordinary ‘ thus ODI DANCE is all about celebrating and giving hope to everyone who thinks he/she is just an ordinary person.

With over two million views on YouTube, this is obviously no longer an ‘ordinary’ dance move but one that has become so viral that other stars (like Wyre in Mimi Na Ye ) have adopted the dance.

What you’ve got to love though, is watching the many clips online of foreigners attempting (and even succeeding at) the move.

2. The Bazokizo.

Co-created by dance choreographer, dancer and artist Bruz Newton, the Bazokizo spread well beyond the confines of the Gospel industry for which the accompanying jam was meant and quickly became an internet sensation with corporates, influencers and even the Kenyan rugby team all doing the Bazokizo!

1 The ‘Odi Odi Dance’

Identified as the ‘swagger-fied’ version of the ‘original Odi’, the Odi Odi dance emerged thanks to dance choreographer Aggie The Dance Queen who also famously dances the ‘Odi Odi’ dance in the music video to Sauti Sol’s ‘Short and Sweet’ single, as the girl in the stripped jumpsuit.

Aggie has since gone on to have a BBC interview and has probably had to wear that iconic jumpsuit multiple times for show during TV interviews and on stage while performing it.

Obama To Open Basketball Court in Siaya

Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) has partnered with the Sauti Kuu Foundation by establishing a court at the soon to be opened Sauti Kuu Sports, Resources and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County. 

Toronto Raptors President and GOA founder Masai Ujiri said that the Alego facility scheduled to be opened on July 16th by former United States President Barack Obama is part of a series of basketball courts to be built across Africa in an effort to grow the next generation of African leaders.

“Over the past 15 years I have watched countless timid, hopeful kids transform into inspired, mission-driven leaders as a result of simply being exposed to more,” said Mr. Ujiri.

“As we work to create greater opportunity for young adults on the continent, expansion is our natural next step in delivering on our mission. Basketball opened so many doors and built me up on many levels, so I’m excited to pay that forward to the next generation of African giants,” he added.

Sauti Kuu which is run by Dr. Auma Obama is an organization focused on creating structures to help youth become mentally, socially and financially self-reliant. Ujiri plans to infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.

Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.

This partnership has been made possible through the relationship between Sauti Kuu and Gina Din Foundation. 

“Over the years my foundation the Gina Din Foundation has worked closely to use sports to impact communities. We are delighted with this announcement,” said foundation founder Ms. Gina Din-Kariuki.

“The mission of the Gina Din Foundation is to provide social impact on our youth, and over the years we have seen that sport is an excellent vehicle. With this court, I look forward to all the valuable life skills the local young girls and boys will gain through the medium of basketball,” she added.

The African Artists On Barack Obama’s Favorite Songs Playlist

Before the turn of the new year, Barack Obama posted online about having began a tradition of sharing his reading lists and music playlists with the world each year.

In his post, he explained the tradition’s purpose by saying;

“It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.”

Obama who remains a popular figure the world over also pocked some fun at being a lot less occupied now that he isn’t president any more adding….

“With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.”

Barack Obama’s list featured some of music’s most notable names including Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z and Beyonce, as well as new relatively new artists like Chance the Rapper and SZA.

What we noted however, was that in his list was one specific act that hails from the motherland and they are Les Amazones D’Afrique.

Obama listed their song ‘La Dame Et Ses Valises’ as one of 20 that he described in his post, “get him moving”.

Les Amazones d’Afrique are a World Music group that hail from Mali and that particular single is from their album Republique Amazone. It also features singer Nneka.

Obama is famously known to the world to have African roots, having had his family on his father’s side, originate from Kenya.

 

Artists Sad Over Obama Leaving Office

As the world readies itself for the inauguration of President elect Donald Trump as America’s 45th president today, many have not been able to come to terms with the fact that they have to live with Obama leaving the white house.

Various celebrities seem to be having a hard time letting go, most especially Kelly Rowland who has been posting pics of the Obamas on her Instagram all day.

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T.I also posted a pic of Obama and one of his daughters in the Oval captioning, “Thank you for everything,on so many levels.#GoodbyeObamas #USorELSE

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Ciara posted a throwback of her and Michelle captioning “

I’ve Always Enjoyed The Opportunity To Be A Part Of Your Missions To Help Shape & Change The World. There Will Never Be Another #Flotus Like You. Thank You First Lady

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Even Ellen who as has been known to be a good friend to the Obamas had a throwback moment of herself and Obama dancing during one of her shows.

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The Obamas sure will be missed.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is set to be sworn in today, at 17:00 GMT.

T.I. Pens Open Letter to President Obama

After releasing projects speaking out on the political issues facing America in recent times; Us or Else EP and Letter to the System LP last year, T.I. has penned a series of open letters to President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, and the country as a whole.

The first, a heartfelt letter to the outgoing president, was published in The New York Times. In an interview with the paper, T.I. explained President Obama’s lasting legacy, noting his influence on hope.

“First and foremost was the symbolic message, saying that whatever you are, whatever color your skin is, you don’t have to be a white man to be president,” he said. “Obama opened the door to show it can happen, it can be done, your efforts can be paid off in a very, very large capacity as long as you continue to work and educate yourself and take the necessary steps. That’s immeasurable.”

“Not only did you impact a nation, but you defined a culture and you shook up and woke up a generation,” he writes. “A generation that unfortunately fears more than ever being further wounded, overlooked, abused, neglected and having to fight for what we now understand is not such a basic right and that is the plight for equality and basic human dignity.”

Tip goes on to say he agreed with Tupac Shakur’s famous 1998 lyrics about the nation’s views on race and the presidency. “We ain’t ready to see a black president,” ‘Pac rapped on the posthumous “Changes.” However, he says President Obama changed that with his audacity to hope and his “Yes, we can” slogan. “WE will continue to stand with you and alongside those who make a personal investment in US,” he wrote. “We will continue to remain committed to causes that are bigger than ourselves. We will continue to remind ourselves that, Yes, We still can!”

More than a ‘Meme’ Jordan receives medal from Obama

United States President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and “helped make me who I am.”

Basketball Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were also among the honorees. Obama noted how Jordan’s name has become shorthand for excellence.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes major contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture, and has been awarded since 1963. Obama called the 2016 group a “particularly impressive class.”

At one point taking aim at Jordan’s acting chops by referring to the basketball great as “the guy from ‘Space Jam,’ ” Obama also earned laughs by referencing this year’s most viral Jordan-related joke — his famous meme.

Dubbed “Crying Jordan,” the meme exploded within the online sports world this year, with people using it to mock anyone who found themselves on the losing side.

Other recipients this year were rock star Bruce Springsteen, soul singer Diana Ross, Native American community leader Elouise Cobell and NASA moon landing computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton.

TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who was also awarded the medal, conducted a “mannequin challenge”, a video that features people frozen in place, with the recipients.

Obama leaves office in January after eight years, with Republican businessman Donald Trump taking charge.

Michelle Obama Graces The Cover Of Vogue For The Third Time

She is definitely going to go down as one of the most memorable first ladies in all of history. From being a fashion icon to launching initiatives like ‘Reach higher’ and ‘Let girls learn’ she has touched people hearts so much so that people are urging her to vie for presidency come 2020.

In the magazine, the Harvard-educated lawyer who describes herself as “Mom in Chief” has addressed issues like healthy lifestyles and support for military families. We wouldn’t be surprised if she ran for the presidency seat and actually won. But it’s not all seriousness: she has been on shows like NCIS and Parks and Recreation proving that she can be a mistress of all trades.

This is what she had to say:

On being proud of the work she’s done as First Lady:

“I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”

On being told in regard to her Harvard education that she was “was reaching too high”:

“I’m just as smart as these people! What were they thinking’? So there are a lot of people who will try to step on your confidence based on their assumptions about who they think you are. For all of you sitting here, with those doubts in your head—because those whispers of doubt, they stay with you for a very long time—ignore them. . . . I still carry that with me today, as First Lady of the United States, because there are people who don’t think I should be doing that either.”

On what she chooses what to wear:

“It all boils down to comfort level: If I’m going to make you comfortable, then I have to be comfortable first. So my first reaction isn’t ‘Who made this?’ But ‘Let’s try it on. What does it look like? Oooh, that’s cute. Oh, wow. I never thought of wearing something like this. Let’s put a belt on it. I feel gooood in this.'”

Below are some of the stunning pictures taken for the December issue of the Vogue magazine.

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