On 9th December 2016, Èkó Samba Community was invited to take part in the Orile Iganmu Nursery and Primary School Christmas/ End of Year Party organised by Kinabuti. Our Musical Director, Project Coordinator, two Assistant Directors as well as six other members of ESC attended. Throughout the course of the afternoon, they gave samba workshops to 1,000 young children.


Young school children rush to the front to see our drummers demonstrate how to play samba.


A student tries his hand at playing a samba drum for the first time.

Opportunities like this help our more experienced members to develop their social responsibility and teaching skills, as well as build their self-esteem. Developing the young peoples’ transferable life skills is at the core of what we do at Èkó Samba Community, empowering them to be self sufficient, determined and in control of their own destinies. Naturally the day was rounded off with a performance by Èkó Samba Community, which had all the kids (and teachers) dancing.



Our resident dancer, Soma, leads the school children in an impromptu dance workshop.


Our resident dancer Soma leads the school children in an impromptu dance workshop.

It was an incredible day, full of excitement from the school kids and a lot of hard yet rewarding work from our members. Ultimately this was a great experience for some of our older and more experienced members to teach samba, share their skills, and impart something positive to these young children.

A full collection of photos from the day can be found here.


Our drummers enjoy the school children’s dance competition.