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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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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.