“EKAABO”, is a Yoruba word meaning “Welcome”. Staying true to its word, this group of performers welcomes you to their event of Nigerian theatrical and communal entertainment. Get ready for an introduction to Nigerian celebrations. From performance, to Alo o (storytelling) and Gyration, there is something for everyone!
We welcome you to come listen to the myths and legendary stories of gods and warriors, celebrate and dance to the sounds of the Nigerian cultural rhythm and just enjoy immersion in our cultures!
Guaranteed fun for all those involved!
Meet the artists
Favour Odusola is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked across several contexts such as traditional dance, commercial projects and contemporary theatre, for over 15 years.
The main focus of his work is about creating pieces speaking about current issues. He has performed as a dancer with the Irish modern dance theatre under John Scott on Ireland’s Culture Night, aimed towards community re-integration post-covid.
Favour is always looking for new ways to use dance as a tool for change, believing that dance can be used for social integration, education, and love.
Vithória is a dance artist, a passionate creative and an active participant of the dance community in Ireland. She is a member of Dance Ireland and was part of 2021 Create’s Autumn School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice.
In 2018, she started her dance journey with Dancehall and, since then, she had learned from renowned teachers from multiple dance styles such as Afro, Afrohouse, Waacking, Afrobrazilian, Hip-hop and Brazilian funk.
Vithória is looking to take her dance career to a next level and is focused on finding opportunities to expand her knowledge and solidify her artistic career.
Tobi Balogun is multidisciplinary creative, specialising in dance and fashion. Tobi is a professional member of Dance Ireland. With a background in Hip Hop and other forms of Street Dance, he has won multiple international competitions and continues to mentor youth dance groups nationally through weekly classes and workshops.
He focuses on evocative storytelling and the embodiment of life experiences. Within his work, he is always searching for ways to show new perspectives and express and heal through movement and film.
Justine Nantale launched a School’s Outreach Programme ‘Gomba Educare Initiative’ and has worked with communities to bring about social change and cultural awareness through music & storytelling to share experiences, beliefs and values.
She is a founding member and past Musical Director of Ireland’s Discovery Gospel Choir established in 2004. She started her own band Rhythm Africana in 2013, highlighting Traditional African styles of music and rhythm. The Rhythm Africana members respectively hail from Uganda, Zambia, Congo, Nigeria and Ireland. Rhythm Africana’s music emphasizes justice issues and promotes social inclusion and has been booked for events such as Trocaire, Concern, Oxfam and Action Aid.
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