Nigeria’s Dream Catchers
19 December 2019 | 6:12 am
Screenwriter and choreographer Seyi Oluyole founded the Dream Catchers Dance Academy to help orphaned children off the streets and back into school. Oluyole takes care of their daily needs and currently has nine foster children. Her dance videos featuring her young students have even caught the eye of international stars.
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Japanese women dance during an event inspired by the global One Billion Rising campaign, a mass action to end violence against women, with #KuToo anti-high heels campaigner Yumi Ishikawa joining the team. The performance took place days after former Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori stepped down following his sexist remarks.
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South Africa's Zulu people gather outside the gates of the royal palace to bid farewell to their departed king. Goodwill Zwelithini was the longest-serving monarch in Zulu history, reigning for half a century through years of apartheid and democratic transition. He died last Friday, aged 72, after weeks of treatment for a diabetes-related illness.
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A Myanmar swimmer has abandoned his dream of competing at the Tokyo Olympics in protest at the junta ruling his homeland, saying "Until this military government of senior general Min Aung Hlaing is removed from power, I don’t see myself competing under the Myanmar flag."
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Colombians protest with arts performances, music and dance in the capital Bogota as anti-government demonstrations continue in the South American country.
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Five days a week, Thiago Soares Pestana plays video games like a professional athlete in Rio de Janeiro's Vigario Geral favela thanks to charitable project AfroGames.
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Revellers crowd the newly reopened dance floor of a club in Washington, DC, as authorities lift all Covid restrictions on bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues in the US capital, allowing them to operate at full capacity. "I just high-fived a stranger," says local resident and partygoer Aimee Bailey, "we're just so excited to be able to be next to each other." Nightclub owner Bill Spieler shares her enthusiasm but also confesses to being "nervous," as his venue hasn't welcomed dancing crowds indoors for over a year until now.
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Bitter Portugal fans in Coimbra can't hide their disappointment after being knocked out of Euro 2020 by Belgium. "Portugal could have played better, but it's too late now," says one supporter, while another adds, "it's like we were scared... even though it's our team that everyone should fear."
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One year after singer Akon laid the first stone of the $6 billion futuristic city he plans to build in his native Senegal, the site remains grassland. Construction of "Akon City," a project due to feature ultramodern twisting skyscrapers, was already meant to have begun near the Atlantic Ocean village of Mbodiene. But building work is yet to start, prompting residents who were hoping for jobs to wonder about its future.
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Libya’s national team slid in the ranks in the group stage for the World Cup qualifiers after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Egypt on Monday. Fans packed squares in the country’s east and west, heartbroken as a defeat on the home front was sealed by a third goal from Ramadan Sobhi in the second half. Egypt scored twice near halftime in Benghazi through Ahmed Fotouh and Mostafa Mohamed, the team’s second straight win over Libya at the start of new coach Carlos Queiroz’s tenure.
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