Season 6 of the hit reality dancing show, Maltina Dance All tagged The Most Spectacular came to a close last weekend as the Green Family emerged Nigeria’s Ultimate dancing family and took home the grand prize of N 6 Million and a Toyota Avensis car.
The finale show sponsored by premium malt brand from the stables of Nigeria Breweries Plc, Maltina, took place in style at the Expo Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. As guests arrived, they were ushered into the elaborately decorated aisle with the photos of the final 5 families on display.
At the end of the show, one couldn’t help but scream “what a spectacular night” and cheer for the Green’s, who in their dance to fortune, delivered the very best to the crowd and earned a standing ovation. They were presented with their cheque and car key by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who was the special guest of honor.
The Green Family alongside the Efiokwu’s, Boyle’s, Zibe’s and the Eghove’s that qualified for the grand finale gave their last performances to thrill the audience as well as help boost their votes. The end of the performances saw the Green’s emerge winners after garnering the largest votes from Nigerians, while the Efiokwu and Eghove families emerged first and second runner-up and took home N 1 Million and N 500, 000 respectively.
Ecstatic to be crowned the number dancing family on TV in Nigeria, 19 year old Ibiba Green – the family representative of the Green’s – could not hide her tears of joy as she gave thanks to God for making it all possible. Telema Green, the mother of the Green’s, also expressed her joy and gratitude for being the winning family – According to the Maltina Dance All rep, she sang praises to God and stated that the money would be used to further the education of all her children.
Speaking at the finale show, Nicolaas Verlvede (Managing Director, Nigeria Breweries Plc said “It was a fantastic event. All five families really did an outstanding job. They gave great performances and great entertainment.” On what lovers of the show can expect in the year to come, Nicolaas revealed that Season 7 would be even more captivating.
Review of the performances
The evening started on a high note with families all geared up for the first of the two performances of the evening. The Zibe family got on stage first – they dazzled with their dance performance to the the hit song of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Adele, Set Fire to the Rain.
Shortly after, the Eghove’s elicited much cheers from the audience – they thrilled the audience with an overwhelming performance of popular Ghanaian dance style, Azonto. The Boyle’s next on stage, certainly had every reason to be grateful to God for bringing their family this far in the competition – they gave a wonderful dance performance of Lara George‘s single, Ijoba Orun.
The Efiokwu’s were the last on stage and gave an applauded dance performance to P-Square’s club banger, Chop My Money. The second set of performances, saw the Green’s, Boyle’s,Zibe’s, Efiokwu’s and the Eghove’s give their all to clinch the title of the ultimate dancing Nigerian family.
After scintillating and highly explosive performances from the five families, the tension in the hall was palpable. The audience waited in anticipation to know which of the 5 families would emerge winner of the cash prize and brand new car. Eventually, the Green’s won.
Janell Burgess, an American skilled professional dancer and one of the Judges during the elimination stage, said “I am so proud of all the families that performed tonight. They embodied what we really cherish here in Maltina which is family unity. One thing so special about Nigeria is that its peoples really value and appreciate family. Here in Maltina, we promote family unity and dance as an art. I’m so pleased with the progression of Maltina with the MDA, it has shown that dance is a living and breathing profession that can serve as a unifying factor in society and can also be adopted as a profession by the families.”
She stated that over the years, there has always been a tremendous improvement each year in the dance performances of the families. “Because dancing is an ongoing process, Maltina created the MDA Academy to teach families more about the art of dancing, the way to move and adjust their bodies to different types of music. We basically educate them on dance styles and patterns, so every year; it is only going to get better as the education also gets stronger”