Born and raised in Ibadan Nigeria, Onaifo Opeyemi Emmanuel and Oluwafemi Micheal Ogunbakin began dancing at a very young age, both grew up in a dance charity organization where their passion for dance grew.
After graduating from the prestigious Lead City University Ibadan in 2012, the duo went ahead to serve their country. Following their service, the two began performing with artists in and of Ibadan city. At the end of every show, people usually gave remarks as “two performers that expands like more than a pair on stage” This gave Opeyemi and Femi an insight on what they should be called. Hence, The Xpandables.
The first of February 2015 marked the official beginning of The Xpandables and since then, they have performed in notable events in and out of Nigeria. The duo have also shared the stage alongside comedian Gbenga Adeyinka on his programme Laff Matters in the city of Ibadan and also made an appearance at Big B’s ”Turn it Up” in the University of Ibadan.
The Xpandables have been credited with several awards including the dance group of the year at Ivory awards in University of Ibadan. The pair also won multiple dance competitions as well as the Remi Martins dance kick off in April 2015 in Lagos and as of October last year, they have been ambassadors for the R.C.C.G youths, nationwide.
They were also awarded *The Most Passionate Dancers * at the dance camp that was hosted by KaffyDance
The duo have been in and out of Nigeria for multiple shows, church ministrations, competitions etc. They have been in many states like Ilorin, Abeokuta, Akure et al.
Here is a list of some of the notable events they have been a part of for the past year:
-Nescafe African Tour
-R.C.C.G Ambassador Parish, Ghana.
-Winsconsin University, Ghana
-Lagos State NYSC CAMP
-Agodi Gate Garden Opening.
-Remy Martin’s show at Ocean View
The Xpandables have performed with both local and national artists like Olamde, Skales, Sean Tizzle, Fabulous Pizzy, Posly TD to mention a few.
The Xpandables have been on TV, as guests on radio stations and as a cover story in a newspaper. They have appeared on BCOS’ One Happy Hour in Oyo state. A number of radio stations like Star FM, Splash FM and Oluyole FM have had them as guests on some of their radio programs. On Friday, 25th July 2014, the Xpandables appeared on Friday Treat Tribune newspaper.
Instagram has also been an helpful channel in promoting this tough act. They have posted some dance routines to a number of songs from known artists and have also been reposted by these artists. Olamide, Skales and Tonto Dike et al. (@the_xpandables)
Their youtube channel is The_Xpandables.
Instagram , Twitter and Facebook – @The_Xpandables
Opeyemi attended Seed of Life School for his primary education and later went to Fola Model College for his secondary education. Following his secondary education, ‘Yemi went to Lead City University for his university education where he studied Mass Communication and Media Techhnology.
Oluwafemi attended Pen Junior nursery and primary school and Ibadan Boys High School for his secondary education. He also went to Lead City University for his university education where he studied Economics.