In the phase of celebrating the amazing feat Shatta Wale has reached and the recognition Ghana Music has received, its worthy of note to also give recognition to one of the several choreographers who featured in Beyonce ft Shatta Wale’s Already music video.
In today’s edition of thehubgh’s spotlight focus, we take a look into the life and career of Papi Ojo- the young man who happens to be the lead dancer in Already music video.
Popularly known as Papi Ojo, the Nigerian international is legally known as Stephen Ojo and was raised in Lagos, Nigeria.
Papi Ojo is a professional dancer, actor, and model. At a tender age, Papi Ojo found his love in music, although acquiring many achievements with his dancing.
Speaking with Voyage Houston, the Nigerian international dancer noted: “I have always wanted to be a musical artist growing up but my talent in dance took off way faster than I expected and I gained most of my fans through my accomplishments in dancing.”
In an interview with One Tribe Magazine in 2019, Papi Ojo indicated that he has always been good at dancing but only took it seriously in 2014 when he formed the AVO group with dance partners; Caleb, a.k.a Ghana Boii and his older brother Emmanuel a.k.a Sedo who passed away in 2016.
Despite not being that famous in the African dance circles, Papi Ojo has carved a name for himself in the arena of African dance and African creative space. Arguably one of the biggest dance exports from Africa, Papi Ojo has had a tremendous journey looking at what he has achieved as a dancer and an artist.
Talking about dance, he was part of the music video for Spirit soundtrack Beyoncé did for the Lion King movie.
Enriching his dance credit catalog he also performed with Rihanna at the 2018 Grammy awards and worked with Janet Jackson on the music video for her Made for Now.
His other dance credits include works with Chris Brown, Travis Scott, Teyana Taylor, Wizkid, Davido, Kizz Daniel, and as of yesterday, Big Sean at the VMAs.
Apart from dancing, Papi Ojo has also ventured into singing and has released some songs including Awelewa, Loving You, and Carry Go.
As versatile as he is, the space of music hasn’t been of a smooth path like that of dance. According to him, prior to his achievements in dance he had an immense passion for music but then the story changed after he broke out with his talent in dancing.
As a result, “This led to me pushing my music career aside for a while because, at a point, I got insecure about writing songs and putting out music. I was afraid of what people will say or what they will think of me. Hence the reason why I never put out any music till the winter of 2019 when I dropped my first hit single called Awelewa,” he added.
On finally deciding to make music and forgoing the thoughts of others towards his craftmanship he said: “Before I recorded and dropped Awelewa, I had to do some soul searching and ask myself “who I’m I living my life for and why I’m I so scared to do what I love.” Once I realized that I only have one life to live, and I have to live my life to the fullest, no matter what anyone says or think, it was a wrap. I gained my self-confidence back and got back in my groove.”
As a creative, speaking on some of the challenges he has encountered in his musical career since he started, he said: “When I post anything relating related to my music, it is as if they don’t even see it but if it’s a dance video, everyone is happy again. I keep on pushing through because I refuse to get boxed in for anyone. One of the thought processes that helps me and keeps me going is that I tell myself that I was once a dancer who had no fans or followers but now, I have some sort of clout. I have been on this journey before, I can do it again with my music.”
- Email: [email protected]
- Instagram: @Papi_Ojo
- Twitter: @Papi_Ojo
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQx43BR_dkA