Born and raised in Ibadan Nigeria, Onaifo Opeyemi Emmanuel (@Speedope) and Ogunbakin Oluwafemi Michael (@FemiGinger) began dancing at a very young age, both grew up in adance 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 . 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 2014 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, also made an appearance at Big B’s ”Turn it up” at Jogor Centre.
The Xpandables have been credited with several awards, some of which includes:
– The best dance group of the year at Ivory Awards.
– Jkrue Awards (dance crew of the year)
– Prodigy Awards (most expensive dance crew)
– Screams Awards (best dance group)
– The Most Passionate Dancers at the Dance camp that was hosted by KaffyDance in 2015
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 2014, they were named Ambassadors for the R.C.C.G Youths, Nationwide.
The duo have been in and out of Nigeria for multiple shows, church ministrations, competitions etc. They have been in major states and cities across the country.
Here is a list of some of the notable events they have been a part of this past year:
– Access Mavin Concert, Lagos.
-Nescafe African Tour, Lagos and Ibadan.
-R.C.C.G Ambassador Parish, Ghana.
-Winsconsin University, Ghana.
-Gbenga Adeyinka’s Laff Matters.
-Jam City, Lead City University.
-Peteru Comedy Hub
-Lagos State NYSC CAMP
-Oyo 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(Don’t stop) , Skales(Lole and Mujo) , Djenimoney (OyaDab), Fabulous Pizzy(Sabali) , Posly TD(Lori titi), Oyinkanade(Oyin), Tolu (Project Fame) to mention a few.
The Xpandables have been on TV, as guests on radio stations and as a cover story in newspapers. They have appeared on BCOS’ One Happy Hour in Oyo state. A number of radio stations like Star FM, Beat 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,Sean tizzle, Toyin Aimakhu and Tonto Dike et al. (@the_xpandables) and they were given a huge acknowledgement by the legendary Rapper P.Diddy on Instagram.
Their youtube channel is The_Xpandables.
Facebook / Instagram @The_Xpandables
Opeyemi went to Seed of Life School for his primary education and later went to Fola Model College for his secondary education. Following his secondary education, Opeyemi went to Lead City University for his university education where he studied Mass Communication and Media Techhnology.
Oluwafemi on the other hand went to 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.