Monday, May 26, 2014

Twerking Originated in Nigeria and not America

Twerking is the rave of the hip hop dance halls in the United States and no thanks to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and Miley Cyrus who have failed to give credit to the originators of the Art of Twerking, Nigerian female dancers.
Let us put the records straight once and for all on the origin of twerking.

Twerking did not originate from New Orleans as many American hip hop artistes and reporters claim, but from the backyard of the Kalakuta Republic of the legendary King of Afro Beat, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti since 1970 and can be seen in the video of his live concert on stage in Calabar in 1971 and more pronounced during his live shows at his African Shrine in Lagos where his queens displayed the art of twerking your buttocks in sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. Yeni Kuti is alive and well to confirm it, because she was there with her father when his queens were twerking during their rehearsals for the choreography of Fela's Afro Beat. And my elder sister Mrs. Chiyenre Pauline William-West who was once one of the queens can confirm it.

Fela oversees rehearsal (Photos by Janet Griffith).

Twerking is also Mapouka, the sexy dance from the Dabou area of southeast Côte d'Ivoire that originated with the Aizi, Alladian and Avikam people. And appropriately called "la danse du fessier" or "the dance of the behind". And the second video shows a young Nigerian woman twerkiing better than Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and Miley Cyrus and all twerkers in the entire United States of America.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi

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