After conquering the representatives of 14 nations to emerge winners of the 2015 edition of the Korean K-Pop World Music Festival, Pacific Starz, have confessed that the 10-day experience of Korean Pop culture has done their dance careers as a group a world of good.
The five dancers arrived in Nigeria on Monday afternoon, from Korea, where they had represented Nigeria in the world festival.
The group made up of David Nosere, Praise Nelson, Eno Ekpenyong, Justin Chima Unanka, Ezekiel Chika Emmanuel, arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to loud whoops and cheers from friends, fans and family who were on hand to welcome them.
Speaking to Wednesday Interval, the group confessed to have been overwhelmed by joy and some degree of shock.
“When the name of the group was announced as the winners, it did not feel real. When we got there, we had doubts about the judges letting a Nigerian group wining the global competition from which 14 countries qualified from a pool of more than 173 others.
“When they said ‘the winner of the 2015 edition of K-Pop is Nigeria,’ the celebration that followed had announcement had never been in the history of the competition. It was crazy. We tore our shirts, we lay on the floor, we shouted ourselves hoarse; it did not seem real in any way,” confessed Ekpenyong.
“We have been to competitions in Nigeria where those who deserve it do not win, so it was unfortunate that we went to Korea with doubts about winning it. In Korea, it was clear; no corners were cut. When our name was announced as the winners, for a minute, we forgot that we were in Korea and we just went crazy. The feeling cannot be explained,” Nelson said.
For Emmanuel, he tore everything he was wearing. “I went off; the feeling was that good,” he said.
But it was tough for the five-some. They had to learn Korean, learn the basic terms, listen to Korean songs, get the pronunciations right, record their own version of the Korean song without missing a beat, then present the song and dance to it on the final day of the competition.
“I think it was more than that,” pointed out Ekpenyong. “We had to eat their food, learn their culture, their dances and perform like them. For us, it was an avenue to re-unite the Korean and Nigerian culture at the same time.”
“We went there, not just to be able to dance, but, in order to try something new, as far as dances go, and feed off their culture. This experience is extremely good for our careers, because we are talking about global exposure here, not national. It is international,” Unanka intoned.
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