April is only a day away and that means another Ayamba Meet & Greet for the community we love. This month, we celebrate the performing arts. Just like wordsmiths, dancers express themselves and interpret their world through the masterful use of their medium — dance.
Guest of the Month
Our guest of the month will be our guide as we delve into the magic that is the rhythm, freedom and flow of dance. Introducing Isaac Jiga Ulaka.
ISAAC JIGA ULAKA
Isaac Jiga Ulaka is a dancer, choreographer, educator and hallyu content creator. These have allowed him to become the artistic director at Jump Arewa, co – founder of TSOD Nigeria, an ARB choreographer and a member of Mud Art Company.
Despite these affiliations, Isaac is dedicated to community building. For over 18 years, he has organised a number of events and facilitated different programs designed to cater to young and underprivileged youth and dance communities. Some of these young boys and girls have gone on to win dance competitions under his tutelage. Among his programs is the monthly performance and dialogue series “KINGZ DAY OUT,” which aims to promote artists and present their craft to the wider society .
Isaac has performed, competed and visited Seoul – Korea in the pursuit of dance, serving as an ambassador of K-pop (Korean popular music) in Nigeria. In 2020, he and his team TSOD, won the online competition, Kpop World Dance Contest 2020 (Cheonan Dance Festival 2020).
Isaac is an alumni of Unchained Vibes Africa and has done residencies at Alliance Française and Next Level USA. Since 2018, he has been on tour around Nigeria with the Simply Poetry team as they perform Dike Chukwumerije’s Made in Nigeria show.
Isaac Jiga Ulaka is also a K-Pop Dance Academy educator and has worked with YWAP, WorDance Inc. and Kingsmen Inc.
What is Ayamba Meet & Greet
Ayamba Meet & Greet began in February 2021 to bring together artists so we can interact with their works. This, we hope, will spark and inspire creative conversations that are necessary for the growth of arts and literature. We believe in the importance of building a literate society and the event helps us do so alongside our community.
Meeting on the first Saturday of every month, we invite one or two guests from a pool of upcoming and established creatives from around the region with a lot of insight to share.
We also have open mic performances from attendees and play fun games like charades while our friends at VersusNG host Just Dance sessions on the Nintendo Switch.
If all that sounds like your cup of tea, or coffee, then come on down on the first Saturday of every month to the Creativity Court at #21 Malam Isa Hassan Road, Unguwan Dosa, Kaduna. The event begins at 3:00pm on the dot, so if you’re scared of missing anything, don’t be late.
See you soon!