Best of 2016

The 16 Best Viral Dance Videos of 2016

Okayafrica gives you the best viral African dance videos of 2016 that you'll be sure to dance along with.

Year after year, we continue to get lost in visual creativity brought to you by talented folks utilizing social media platforms to share their joy of dance.


Dance videos are how we get put on to music we may have missed (because let's admit that it an be a bit much to try to keep up), as well as establish what kind of moves you'll be breaking out in the club (no shame, I'm that person). And because it's the internet, of course there's the cross-cultural exchange we all love.

Below you'll find our favorite viral dance vids of 2016 and why.

Be sure to catch up with Okayafrica's 2016 'Best Ofs' here.

1. Because "Dance For Me" was arguably one of the top dance crazes of the year:

2. Because Kida The Great is a beast:

3. Because the kiddies dancing in breakout groups were too cute:

4. Because kuduro never died:

5. Because South Korea went looking for Johnny too:

6. Because the Ghetto Kids are #mood every damn day:

7. Because it's best to leave ndombolo to the experts:

8. Because these kiddies rep Suriname so hard:

9. Because Ciara and Kaffy getting it on the streets of Lagos was everything:

10. Because Queen Teddy has infectious energy:

A video posted by QUEENTEDDY (@queenteddy) on

11. Because Tekno's #PanaChallenge made this popping song stuck in your head on the daily:

12. Because this Sherrie Silver collab gives so much heat:

13. Because Beyoncé with an afrobeats twist:

14. Because it's timeless moves with Extra Musica's timeless sound:

A video posted by Denatora (@denatora) on

15. Because this is how you should wait for the F train:

16. Because we all wished we ended school days like this:

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Photo courtesy of Josh2funny.

Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

The internet sensation speaks to OkayAfrica about his journey, the several comedy personalities he's created over the years, creating the viral #DontLeaveMe challenge, and being properly credited for his work.

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Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first skit in 2016—a short dry humour video which he comically slapped his friend into a state of perpetual confusion.

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