It’s that time of the year again when the entire community of youths erupts to

celebrate what has variously been described as one of the biggest dance

experiences in Nigeria as Battle of the Year Nigeria (BOTY) 2016 returns for the

eighth consecutive year to light up the Nigeria entertainment circuit. This year’s

edition is coming bigger and better with a never- before –seen competitive edge

to the bargain. On parade at BOTY 2016 will be the very best break dance crews

itching to set the BOTY arena on fire with stunning, jaw dropping moves and

maneuvers in the quest to win the highly coveted spot to represent Nigeria and

Africa at the Battle of the Year World finals in Germany.

The 2016 edition will lead with a side event scheduled for the 17 th of September,

at the Indoor Sports Hall of the University of Lagos where participants will be

pitched in a one on one breathtaking battle session in the following categories of

Hip-hop dance which includes B-boying, Popping, Locking and Krump while the

main event will hold on the 18 th of September at the same venue. Last year, more

than 2,500 persons experienced the spectacle which saw three -time champions,

Space Unlimited emerging winners again. Interestingly, therein lay the probable

highpoint of this year’s event. According to Jolomi Kendaboh of House of Royalty,

organizers of the event, there is a palpable hint at a possible conspiracy among

the various participating crews to unseat the champions, Space Unlimited and this

has created a heightened and unprecedented excitement among the ever loyal

but steadily growing fans yearning for a new champion.

Battle of the Year commonly referred to as BOTY is an annual international break

dance series that began in Hannover, Germany over twenty years ago. Regional

qualifying tournaments also known as preliminaries are held worldwide

culminating in world finals usually held in Germany. As the biggest in its genre,

the event is attended annually by over 12,000 visitors across the world. In Nigeria

the BOTY Nigeria experience has been nothing short of magic and has been hailed

as one the most consistent and single emerging socio-cultural force uniting youths

across the country.

The 2016 edition Battle of the Year Nigeria is organized by House of Royalty with

production partnership from Ves-Concetto, Cytech World Communication, Nigeria

Break-dance Convention, Bboy-Bgirl Nigeria, The Underground Contest, AEC,

Rhythm 93.7FM and Silverbird TV, Hip TV, Planet TV, and City 105.1 FM.

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