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Qudus Onikeku

i am a dance artiste

Qudus ONIKEKU. Born in Lagos in 1984, a graduate of The National Higher School of Circus Arts. France. One could find traces of traditional Nigerian dances, hip hop, Tai Chi, Capoeira, acrobatics and contemporary vocabularies in his dance, while he draws on his Yoruba culture and several other influences, to weave a certain understanding of the tragedy of human condition.

For more than a decade, he has been present in the Nigerian choreographic scene, and part of the new generation creators springing up from Africa. Known in Europe, in the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean for his solo pieces, writings and research projects.

He has as well toured widely with works of renowned artistes such as Heddy Maalem, Christophe Abdul Onibasa, George Lavaudent, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jean Claude Galotta amongst others.

Since 2007, Qudus has been taking his art closer to the people, when he directed and produced an alternative space project in Africa, followed by a documentary film "Do We Need Cola Cola to Dance?”.

This project gained recognition from the French government, where it was named the Laureate of the Envie d'agir program, Defi jeune 2007, and in the Youth in Action initiative program in 2008, powered by the European Commission. The project was as well awarded a grant by the Prince Claus Funds in the Netherlands.

Qudus has since 2000 received several awards for the recognition of his dynamic input to the dance world, he was named the Dancer of the Year in The FUTURE AWARDS 2009, and the most recent being the Laureate of the solo prize for Danse l’Afrique danse 2010 in Bamako with his remarkable solo piece “My exile is in my Head”

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