From roaring success in India to inevitable greatness in Singapore, having expanded our horizons even further to the continent of Africa with Dance Africa Dance, we say hello, you say dance, and together we say it’s time for Dance Naija Dance!
Zee Entertainment’s popular general entertainment channel Zee World, DStv channel 166 and GOtv channel 25 keeps their viewers glued to their seats and screens with a dance reality show like no other. Dance Naija Dance, Zee World’s dance competition, sets out to reveal the best dance crew in Nigeria.
Zee World has been a trailblazer in redefining entertainment across Africa over the years by being the first to dub Indian series and movies dubbed in English, showcasing the first Afro-Indian Telenovela Mehek in 2018 and the first Afro-Bollywood fusion dance challenge, Dance Africa Dance in 2021. Zee World has evolved into a brand of global celebration bringing Africa and India together. Dance Naija Dance offers a fusion of Nigerian and Indian dance moves uniting both cultures through music, vibrancy, colour and diversity.
Dance Naija Dance is an expression of dance that transcends all barriers and boundaries, and in this Afro-Indian explosion, there will be two dance champions: one Team and one Solo winner.
The show is anchored by a mix of Nollywood and Bollywood personalities and dancers. These include Hosts – Hero Daniels and Pelumi Buari, Choreographers/Mentors – Sashin Kandhai and Kenneth Agabata, music by DJ Dayzee, while Kunle Remi and Uraysha Ramracheya are the resident judges.
The dance competition started airing on 6 August at 7 pm, two episodes each weekend and has set the stage on fire with the top 16 finalists selected from hundreds of entries across Nigeria. Dance Naija Dance is currently broadcasting in 52 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
The grand finale is on 9 October 2022, and the winners will walk away with millions of Naira in cash from Zee World and hampers and vouchers from Munchit, Checkers Custard, Shal’artem, Betawomen and KFC.
Meet the Artists
Hero Daniels Ifeanyichukwu is a Nigerian comedian, dancer, actor and television host. He has held several hosting roles with different TV Stations. In 2017, he was selected to represent Nigeria at TLC’s Next Great Presenter search held in South Africa and organised by TLC Africa. Hero has hosted 100s of events – in March 2022. He hosted an 11-hour live show for the grand finale of Come Play Naija.
Pelumi Buari is a presenter, actor, content creator, and dancer with an unmatched energy and a love of art that she expresses through her craft and fashion. Her versatile and charismatic personality has seen her host corporate events alike. Pelumi is currently a presenter for the EbonyLife group.
Uraysha Ramracheya is a South African Mauritian actress and performer. She is best known for her portrayal as ‘Baby’ in the hit movie ‘Trippin with the Kandasamys’, released on Netflix in 190 countries worldwide. Uraysha is a trained classical dancer with a repertoire that spans genres such as Kathak and Indian Folk, Contemporary, Bollywood and Fire Art. She has performed for various dignitaries and was a guest judge on Dance Africa Dance in 2021.
Oyekunle Opeyemi Oluwaremi, professionally known as ‘KUNLE REMI’, is a graduate of the prestigious New York Film Academy. Kunle is an award-winning Nigerian actor, filmmaker, content creator, entrepreneur, model and TV host. He broke into the entertainment scene with the 7th edition of ‘The Gulder Ultimate Search, which was held in 2010. Kunle is best known for his versatile roles in several award-winning series & movies such as Tinsel, A Naija Christmas, Forbidden, Lagos Cougar Reloaded, Introducing the Kujus and Purple Heart.
Globally Acclaimed film and stage choreographer Sashin Kandhai is a South African-born performing artist and a public figure. He is a 3-time Bollywood dance champion, TV personality, theatre actor, stage director and MC.
Sashin specializes in Bollywood and semi-classical dance and has performed in many countries and was awarded for his choreographic work at the Miss India Worldwide in Mauritius in 2019. He was a mentor and choreographer on the first season of Dance Africa Dance by Zee World on DStv channel 166. Sashin is the choreographer of the hit South African movie series The Kandasamys on Netflix.
Kenneth Agabata, popularly known as “Mr Ken.” is a well-rounded creative artist. He is a dancer, choreographer, event host, painter, fitness enthusiast and filmmaker. He spent much of his life teaching dance in studios, schools, lounges and corporate spaces. In addition, Kenneth is a National Sports Festival bronze medalist in aerobics gymnastics.
Resident DJ: DJ Dayzee
Amaechi Joy Chioma, known as DJ Dayzee, is a Nigerian-born entertainer. A professional DJ and a graduate with a B.sc in Economics from the “Republic of Benin”, DJ Dayzee is an exceptional DJ who takes her crowd on a journey with her music, leaving no one behind. She has worked with Banky W, Oap Toolz, Budweiser etc. DJ Dayzee is a DJ on the radio station The Beat 99.9fm and was also on The14th Headies, Big Brother Naija season 6.