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Sayrah Chips: “Nigerians Should See Dance As A Life-changing Career”


Sarah Olaniran, also known as Sayrah Chips

Like a few others in her profession, Sarah Olaniran, also known as Sayrah Chips, has been a game-changer in the Nigerian dance industry.

The 25-year-old full-time dancer has again lent her voice to promoting dance as a lucrative profession among youths, urging them to shelve crime.


The Columbia College dance graduate told Weekend Beats that she had always wanted to show people, especially parents, that dance can be a positive tool for both earning a living and changing lives.

“When I decided to take dance professionally and study it, my dream was to change the narrative that dance is irresponsible. I wanted African parents to see that dance is more than just a mere hobby. My own family supported me and look how I have turned out. I wanted to show parents that dance is a career that can sustain life. I wanted to be a success story to inspire other dancers.”

Chips, who recently began a special dance training dubbed, #RahDanceInvasion, in Lagos and Abuja, also said that she envisions to impact as many Nigerians as she can in the art of dance.

The popular dancer, who is a certified professional from the Society for the Performing Arts of Nigeria, has also urged Nigerians to get dance training from professionals, to be able to develop a career from it.

Chips began her dance career under the tutelage of Naija dance queen, Kaffy, before studying for her dance degree at the Columbia College, in Chicago, USA.

Having toured alongside global heavyweights such as Chris Brown, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, among others, Chips has expressed optimism in grooming the local talents in Nigeria, urging people to continue to follow their dreams.

“Young people should learn to dream so big that it scares you, and then do everything that’s in your power to achieve that dream,” she said.

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