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Has Azonto Met Its Match? | Etighi, A New Dance Craze Sweeping The Land

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Dance is the most vibrant part of African culture. Dance goes hand in hand with music and, the fact that most of our pop culture music fixations are dance-able and club-able party tracks just proves that dancing is truly in our blood.

Ever since the “death” of Yahooze a few years ago, Alanta became our dancing fixation in its many mild and wild forms and adaptations. And, before and even during its reign, many a dance have come and gone with the wind. But, slowly but surely, it seems we’re at the end of an era and a new dance craze already rears its ugly head.

Etighi is a dance style that has been subtly on the rise in popularity since the 2010 Calabar festival. And, in this era when Azonto, the Ghanaian dance fad has swept over Africa like a wildfire, trust Nigerians to show their identity. The moment I knew Etighi was truly here and might be here to stay was when I saw the teaser to Iyanya‘s club-banging single “Kukere”.

So what do you think? Does Etighi stand a chance? Do you think it’ll last or is this just a phase? Will Azonto overshadow any possibilities that Etighi has? Is Alanta dead? Well, that’s for you to decide. Here is a video showcasing the dance step slowly creeping into the land.

Also, Oba Omega, an artist from Rivers state, has dedicated his new single to the dance craze and a competition with a chance to win a thousand dollars. For more information on the competition, {click here}. Here’s the video to Oba Omega feat. Tony Harmony – Etighi Dance.

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33 Comments

  1. fy

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Etighi z sooooo much more fun to me..n I’m proud to say I can dance it…yaaay!buh rili do I fink itz here to stay

  2. Naz

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    lmao! 9ja no dey dull.. we must always update our dance moves lol.

  3. Audrey

    March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    The dance looks better and more exciting in Tony Harmony’s video.

  4. lovely grace

    March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Representing Akwa Ibom. I love it. Etigi is no joke in heels tho.

  5. Capsule

    March 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    AZONTO all di way. Shingologolo o kaka!!

  6. faith

    March 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    cant dance any….sad face

  7. chexbarbie

    March 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    etighi is definitely going to stay,buh omo nobi dance for heels cos ur legs go break.

  8. ima

    March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    and etighi it is..sio mkpo!!

  9. elly

    March 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    exciting dances moves!!!almost like d ijaw pighi waist dance.proudly nigerian

  10. chiamaka

    March 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    i’m sorry but nuthin new there!! looks like sumthing i’ve seen bn done b4!! azonto all the way!!

  11. Etighi dancer

    March 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Etighi all theee wayyyyyy…it has soo come 2 stay..you should see ‎​♍ƺ do Ð etighi plus afang ..haha *dances away*

  12. Titi

    March 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Etighi was there before the azonto but it jst wasn’t promoted till recent times.

  13. Nigeria's Finest Enterainment Portal

    March 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Etigidi is not new. It has been in existence for a long time and is popular among people in the South south Naija. I’m sure it just got to Lagos anyways bigup u.

  14. amaka

    March 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    nufin new mtchew rubish

  15. Iffy

    March 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    AZONTO is fun cos the moves are many. This one is kinda one way.

  16. Yeezy

    March 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Really reminds me of couper decaler….well, the last video… the sound and the dance moves have a lot of influence from that genre

  17. Tonia

    March 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Y do we always hv saddist in dis house? If u dnt like it den dnt comment period afterall non of ur opinions here count. Nice dance joor akwaibom isung!

  18. me

    March 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I think it will be around for a while, with over 50 versions( yes , even etighi high heel. lol), plus competitions to go with it, it here to stay.

  19. me

    March 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

  20. Coralie

    March 21, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Omg! That’s no Nigerian dance, I am from Congo and confidently can tell you those are old Congolese dance steps, can’t even rememba the last tym I’ve danced that way, nice try though!

  21. finemocha

    March 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

    its a nice dance but i think azonto is easier, better and more swaggified.

  22. jane

    March 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    please what is dis azonto dance? Can some1 poset a link 2 a video that has it?

  23. Yenih

    March 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Azonto, Etighi…all came from Ndombolo. Nice try though.

  24. koko

    March 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    my broda in Abia state university came home and tot me ETIGI its so funny ehhh …….

  25. GENERAL

    March 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    AZONTO IS NO WHR TO BE FOUND WHRE ETIGHI STANDS

  26. Michealangelo

    April 25, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Look let’s face it….Azonto na correct dance but u have to admit the dance is kinda complicated (me dey dance am sha). But Etighi….come on. Even grandmama with walking stick fit “shake am” like say na nothing. Its proudly Nigerian and also anyone can dance it (abi no be to carry leg up, shake yash small, carry am come down?). For me o….I love ETIGHI!!!

  27. Michealangelo

    April 25, 2012 at 4:08 am

    And those saying Etighi isn’t new….make we hear word o!!! Alanta dance wasn’t new(as far back as 2007 b4 it became popular) but it takes one song to push a new dance in Nigeria….take u down memory lane. Daddy Showkey-Galala, Marvelous Benjy sang SUO, Olu Maintain sang Yahoozey, Raymond King sang “new dance wey reign na ALANTA” (I don’t like Artquakes version)…now we have Iyanya’s Kukere. Abeg free d guy. Etighi 24/7

  28. Husbert

    May 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Those who dont no azonto dance shd look for a gud dancer 2 do it 4 them 2 c the dffrence, …

  29. Stanley

    June 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Abeg mek una livam oo etihgi na our own dance oo even if mme nkana ineg ado mme ma etihgi

  30. Ayea

    July 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Etighi all d way mehn=9ja we d best=Azonto z 2nd after etighi-dats d fact..1 LUV O.

  31. Gloria

    August 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Etighi pass azonto o(wetin b azonto sef)etighi al d way,akwa ibom ayaya

  32. George Gh

    March 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Oh Nija why all these envy u saw that we cam out with AZONTO And u are here with something else..HAHAH LOL….U ARE TOO FUNNY GH 4 LIFE AZOOOOOOONTOOOOOOO…is everywhere in the world NO SIZE

  33. asamoah

    July 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    etigi pass wat? AZONTO? u make me laugh.de fact z no naija dance has gotten on de map than AZONTO, u can choose 2 believe but z de truth. proud 2 b ghanaian!

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