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Nigerian-Led Dance Troupe ‘Diversity’ clinches Britain’s Got Talent Title



diversitybritainsgottalentWith the world watching, dance troupe ‘Diversity‘ clinched the Britain’s Got Talent title from hot favourite Susan Boyle this weekend. What has this got to do with us you ask? Well, its time for us to start claiming! The 11-member troupe was led by lead dancer and choreographer British-Nigerian Ashely Banjo, his brother Jordan 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.

Check out Diversity’s performance at the Britain’s Got Talent Finale below. Wishing them all the best! They truly deserve the £100,000 cash prize and performance in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in November.


  1. tai

    June 1, 2009 at 1:22 am

    am so happy for them

  2. WTH?

    June 1, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Nice to hear they won. Their performance was fantastic. However as Nigerians, pls let’s stop claiming. The show is called “Britain’s got talent”, not Nigerian anything. These kids are Brits, so chill with the excessive degrees of separation. Just let us know the connection and chill with the misleading titles…..

  3. Eva

    June 1, 2009 at 3:56 am


  4. ....................

    June 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

    do the kids consider themselves Nigerian?
    BN is always so ready to bestow Nigerian citizenship on anybody that has a tie (distant or otherwise) to wa o

  5. keep the peace

    June 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

    let us claimmmm!!!! they are great!!!

  6. Keji

    June 1, 2009 at 10:48 am

    This is a really tedious link to them being Nigerian, they are great Yes, but would they describe themselves as a “Nigerian-led” dance troupe? No! Please can we stop looking for these extremely tedious nigerian roots in people? We can appreciate them as a great dance group, whether they have a nigerian background or not in inconsequential.

  7. Nice Info

    June 1, 2009 at 11:39 am

    They can only be traced to Nigeria when they are successful or better still when they have gone outta shores of Naija to discover themselves. Lets not deceive ourselves… let a fully bred Nigerian troupe go out and make the difference not those that has been raised by some philantrophic countries that has given them good life we are all trying to claim. Too Bad!!!

  8. Movie fan

    June 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    If BN is going to claim these guys, I beg write up on the human saxophonist as well. That one is so obviously Nigerian, and disgraced us proper. I beg let us be balanced.

  9. Hhhhmn

    June 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Their father is Nigerian, what is distant about that? It’s true the “Nigerian-led” might be much but we all consider Lemar Nigerian(he does so himself) and he was born and bred in the UK just like these kids so what’s the difference?

    My father is yoruba, though I grew up in the east and my mother is Igbo. Does that make me any less Yoruba?

    Just saying…

  10. michelle

    June 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    ohhh come on!!!!! stop it .. just many of them even know about nigeria…..pls just stop…

  11. waffarian

    June 2, 2009 at 9:43 am


    “We can appreciate them as a great dance group, whether they have a nigerian background or not in inconsequential”.

    Thank you, jare.

  12. Uzo

    June 2, 2009 at 11:12 am


    Adequate enough dance troupe although i think Susan Boyle should have won and if these kids had competed in an American show, they wouldnt have won. But its still a cute troupe.

    Its also interesting to learn about the composition of the team and the fact that there are some Nigerians or people of Nigerian heritage amongst them. Interesting enough fact but not enough for anyone to get overly hot and bothered about.

  13. chickee

    June 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    How do you guys know that they don’t know about Nigeria? Is it because their mother is white that you don’t classify them as Nigerians. Based on this logic, any child of Nigerian parentage not living in Nigeria should never claim any ties to Nigeria. If BOTH their mother and father were Nigerians most of you would not have a problem with Bella’s claims.

  14. Chika Moses

    June 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Why do you think Susan Boyle should have won? In a strictly “singing” competition, do you HONESTLY think Susan would have won? I think everyone was impressed that a woman who looks like her could sing at all… an assumption I deem condescending!
    This dance group is not “adequate”! They are darn GOOD! Innovative performance… theatrical AND entertaining! They have just as much right to win even more!!
    Susan Boyle can sing, but she ain’t no Nancy Wilson, Aretha, or Etta James!
    My opinion!

  15. oops

    June 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Why? Because their mother is white? That logic is so flawed. Many of us have half Nigerian members of our families living abroad and we consider them Nigerian so why not these boys? Because we don’t know them personally? I just don’t see the issue on either side of the arugument.

  16. Lumi

    June 3, 2009 at 12:26 am

    The sad thing about this whole unneccessary argument is that it has completely taken the spotlight away from what BN was trying to showcase in the first place ” Talent ” so whether they are half nigerian, full nigerian, british born or whatever it doesn’t even make a difference………Nigerian people need to stop hating on other nigerians and just appreciate btw only sad people look for the bad in everything so check yourselves.

  17. Tola

    June 3, 2009 at 12:47 am

    ha ha. i swear people are so overly sensitive about Nigerian/non nigerian heritage.

  18. tutu

    June 3, 2009 at 10:23 am

    lol!!!!…true talk! the dude was now trying to force some very annoying phonetics….

  19. Machiavelli

    June 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry mate, but I disagree with you totally. He did not disgrace Nigeria neither did he disgrace himself. Know what? He has achieved what £20,000 worth of advertising would not do. He can use that as a platform to launch himslef into nollywood or as an entertainer. Trust me, they’ll consider him first before any unknown person.

  20. sam parris

    June 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What’s the argument all about? the guys were great, end of story.

  21. Francis Oghuma

    June 3, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Nice article bella! lets celebrate nigerians globally!

  22. BiafranPrincess

    June 4, 2009 at 5:49 am

    All I know was these kids entertained me very well. So happy for them!
    Funny though, the first time they were on the show and they talked about studying to be scientist or physicist, HR and taking exams….we passed a joke at home that these kids MUST have 9ja blood somewhere in them, to be sooo into education….you know a degree is what every 9ja child owes her parents……lol. After that you can become Beyonce or Usher for all they care.
    Talent is talent jare…black or white e no mata!

  23. Renit

    June 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I agree with Chika Moses
    And I watch American Dance Crew
    Nothing as innovative as this in any of the seasons thus far!
    This was AWESOME!

  24. jbaby

    June 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    howww. u r funny

  25. Tosin Banky

    June 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    As to how i see things,from every perspective,we take credit because there are some Nigerians in the group,thats natural to us in a way and perhaps it would affect positively on us,in another angle,they were awesome street dancers with perfect choreo and super innovative moves,ive watched so many of them(as im sure a lot of wanna be dancers on Malta guiness have) and you can only give just proud some of them are Nigerians and i take pleasure in that!

  26. Kertu

    June 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I would attribute their success not to them being Nigerian or not (nationality does not breed talent) but to their parents, and specially mother!! If your mother is a dancer in Royal Ballet.. doesn’t that say something?? Why is no-one giving credit to her, she was probably who got the sons dancing and choreographing!

  27. Kertu

    June 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Oh, and btw.. talking of street dancers, in this years competition in London, to my memory, the strongest groups were Koreans and Russians.. so.. I just think it’s great this group is DIVERSIFIED, everyone there looks different and comes from different backgrounds! It is time we stop thinking and concentrating on our nationalities, but on the WORLD, putting aside national pride and being proud of being WORLD CITIZENS, cause this is what Diversity is!

  28. Sultana

    July 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Hey! you guys should not forget we had another Nigerian ‘talent’ the human saxophonist hahaha…Kay Oresanya.

  29. Susan

    December 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    We all may be citizens of this great BIG world, but we need to divide the world in order to manage it, hence the creation of nations. It’s a bit like suggesting companies shouldn’t have departments and schools shouldn’t have classes?

  30. Jessica Oak

    March 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    hi diversity I like perri and michell ps i like swmming and dacing at jjs love from jessica

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