Nigerian Dancers-turned-Singers: Should they have remained Choreographers?


By FRANCIS OGBONNA

It is not uncommon to see entertainers having two or more skills in their ‘set’. Also, history is replete with stars who in order to be more efficient with their craft, switch to the ones they consider themselves better at.

For example, the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Maria Carey and Tupac Shakur (yes the same Tupac) all started out as back up dancers before their life-changing shift which resulted in them finding fame globally.

Like America, Nigeria has its own stars that made the switch.

However, based on their success index, should they have just remained dancers? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Below are some of these artistes:


Dr. Sid-
Surulere crooner, Sidney Onoriode Esiri known commonly as, Dr. Sid started dancing at a very tender age. He was the guy who every birthday celebrant wanted to have in their party, because he had the uncanny ability to literally ‘steal the show’ with his dancing skills.

Expectedly, when the Dental Surgeon decided to go into entertainment, his first attempt was to audition and dance for stars then. However, he did make the switch and the rest is history…

Nevertheless, do you think Mavin signee has had enough successes as a singer to get a thumbs-up from you for making the switch?


Wande Coal-
Multiple-award winning star Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe, better known by his stage name ‘Wande Coal’, before being discovered by Producer extraordinaire, Don Jazzy danced for the ‘Koko Master’-D’Banj.

Though, the ‘Black Diamond’ as he is fondly called fared well as a dancer, his ‘Mushin to Mo’Hits’ album dimmed in one fell swope his ability to move.

The ‘bumper to bumper’ crooner has gone on to release several other albums, with “Iskaba”, a single from his latest LP winning the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) Best Artiste in contemporary song award.

Do you think he deserves a spot on this divide?


Mr. P-
Peter Okoye, one-half of the twin sensation ‘P-Square. Throughout their time together, Peter did the bulk of the dancing why his brother Paul handled the singing aspect of their craft.

However, to prove critics wrong, Mr. P since they broke up have in quick succession released two single- “For My Head” and “Cool It Down”.

As expected the choreography in both videos didn’t fail to ‘represent’, but what do you think about his singing? 

Yeah, I know its too early to judge, but do you think he will fare very well without his twin?

May D-
Akinmayokun Awodumila, popularly known as, May D started out dancing for the likes of the now defunct musical group, Psquare. In fact, within that period, the duo were so impressed with him that they even signed him up on their label, Square Records in 2011.
However, their relationship didn’t last making the artiste to part ways with the twin.
The ‘Sure Boy’, as he is fondly called has since released a few songs; including “So Many Thinz”; “Hustle” which featured America’s great ‘Akon’ and ‘OBO’; as well as “Gat Me High”.
Nevertheless, do you think he should get a nod for his migration?

DIPP-
Oladipupo Ogundele, popularly known as DIPP, who released his debut album, ‘Future is Now’ in 2011 had always been a backup dancer, appearing in a few musical clips.

The year preceding his album launch-2010, he had won several music awards, but none for his singing ability. The one which actually had anything to do with his skills was the awards for Best Choreography at the NMVA - Nigerian Music Video Awards 2010'.


Sadly nothing has been heard of the ‘Dangerous’ crooner, who left a solid impression on the ladies, with his nicely carved abs….
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