Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

The dancing slum kids tipped for stardom by Rihanna

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.

“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

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