With all the talk about Susan Boyle losing Britain Got talent that no love has been given to the BGT winners Diversity
The 11-member troupe was led by lead dancer and choreographer British-NigerianAshely Banjo, his brotherJordan Banjo is also a member while Nigerian-Born Ike Ezekwugo is the final Nigerian link in the troupe. While Ike was born in Nigeria and migrated to the UK, Ashley and Jordan are children of Nigerian, Funso Banjo, a former boxer and now a successful businessman and his British wife, Danielle – a former dancer with the Royal Ballet. The troupe performed an energetic and captivating routine that thrilled the crowd and wowed viewers. The British press is already enamored with the young dancers as they are being championed as positive role models for Black Youth in the UK. According to Ashley, ‘My education matters to me…As far back as I can remember, my parents drummed into me the importance of doing well at school. I’m not going to be spinning on my head when I’m 50, but as a qualified scientist I can always earn a living’. Ashley is currently studying Natural Science at Queen Mary University, Jordan is studying for his GCSEs and is already predicted top results while Ike will graduate with his Human Resource qualification soon. click here for more
The judges left Britain gobsmacked at their decision to select a goup of hip hop dancing brown skinned youth over a classically trained singer, but by doing so, they have made BGT truly an inclusive show, thats not afraid to look at its future.
The praise Cowell gave to Flawless (another exceptional dance group who many feel is better than diversity) were not empty
So the future is wide open for dance groups in Britain
but as for one of Diversity’s youngest dancers the future means back to school