Meet Nigerian-American soldier, Esosa Ogbebor, in love with dancing
It is not often one runs into a soldier who is also a dancer. Esosa Omolola Ogbebor is a 20 year-old Nigerian-American soldier whose passion is dancing. When she is not involved in her martial duty she is a lot of other others but dancing seems to top them all.
“Dancing has always been part of my life. My mom once told me that when I was in her womb, my legs always popped out when music came on. Dance has impacted me in a way where I can express my emotions. It makes me feel free and joyful. It has allowed me to show my creative side and connect with people more,” she said in a recent interview.
“When I am not doing Army work, I am transformed into a fitness lover, student, and dance fashionista. My passion is dance and it is one of the things I love to do to keep fit. I also love to make creative videos on social media. My main goal on social media is to encourage people to chase their dreams and to never give up on anything they want to achieve in life. The military is part of my life and it has progressed my journey of who I’m developing to become. I use my platform to also encourage people that they can be anything they want in the military. Be all you can be! It’s about what you make of it. I work a lot of hours but I take advantage of the times I have off. God is my strength and I hope He can keep using be to be a light,” she added.
Continuing, she said, “I consider myself a dance fashionista because I love to display my fashion side through dance. I consider my dance as growth in progress. I am currently collaborating with other talented dancers in the United States. I have also performed at different events.”
Esosa Omolola Ogbebor can be said to be flying the Nigerian flag in the US Army. She said there are no prejudices against one’s roots in the US Army, adding she’s happy with the life she has.
“The Army is very diverse. I meet other Nigerians and other different cultures. I’m able to relate with a lot of people. The Army relates to everyone as one people. I don’t feel any different being a Nigerian in the Army,” she stated.
Esosa Omolola Ogbebor was born 20 years ago to Nigerian parents. Her mom is from Kwara State and her dad from Edo State. She was born in the United States (Washington DC). She moved to Nigeria at the age of four and returned to the U.S at seven.
She attended Oakland Terrace Elementary School (Silver Spring MD), Newport News Middle School (Silver Spring MD) , and graduated from Albert Einstein High School (Kensington MD). Upon graduation from High School in 2017, she joined the United States Army.
She is currently a student at the American Military University and taking prerequisites towards a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.