The track, scheduled to debut during the Akwa United – Rangers game at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, the Nest of Champions, is already on its way to Caller-tunes setups.
“We’ve been playing other people’s songs while cheering at the games. Now, we decided to bring our own original stuff out there” Says Mr. Emmanuel Okon, the cheerleaders coach; Clara Ojinnaka – the groups coordinator – by his side.
Groovy Sampele, written by the La Pearl girls, produced by rave music producer Bard Bishop, also has an original dance step to it created by the Cheerleaders themselves.
Cheerleaders Nigeria have thrilled Nigerian sports lovers across the nation, cheering at the Nigerian Professional football league games and cheering the Nigerian Super Eagles during home games, for nearly 3 years. Still, they are not only about entertaining at soccer games. Under what the management calls Sports Cheerleaders Development Initiative, SCDI, , there is a talent department for every member of the Cheerleaders ensemble.
“We are a not-for-profit organization. We’ve done much of what we’ve achieved using personal funds. Everything we make in terms of revenue goes into charity and human capacity building. Our objective is not just to entertain at events” Mr. Okon said, adding “We also prioritize the welfare, personal and career needs of our girls, helping them realize their potentials and passions. Through several voluntary services, we also contribute social service to our society”.
Their passionate volunteering has not gone unnoticed too. In February 2016, they received recognition from the League Management Company, LMC, which gave birth to an agreement with the company, to provide cheer leading in perpetuity. Their performance at the Yobo testimonial game resounded across social media, attracting endorsements and contract offers.
Starting at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium, cheering for Akwa United, the Emmanuel/Clara team has been invited to extend Cheerleaders Nigeria to other states in Nigeria. Hence, they have a troupe in Port Harcourt, Nnewi, Owerri and other cities.
Sampele will therefore not come and go like other hot dance tracks. The platform to keep the tape rolling unending extends perpetually.