Rwandan dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, Abdoul Hakim Manzi Mbaya, popularly known as Manzi Mbaya has been spearheading an initiative known as Move Afrika Dance Camp. This event has become a melting pot of diverse dance styles, uniting enthusiasts, professionals, and global talent. ALSO READ: Self-taught choreographer on the essence of dance and its money-making sid In an interview with The New Times, Manzi Mbaya shared his vision for the dance camp, emphasizing his desire to challenge the narrative that success for artists can only be achieved abroad. “The Move Afrika Dance Camp is not just an event; it's a movement aimed at promoting African talent and encouraging artists to build their careers at home,” he said. Mbaya's commitment to changing the narrative is palpable, and he believes that the youth can be inspired to contribute to the artistic landscape of Rwanda. ALSO READ: Manzi Mbaya: The dance machine Having successfully toured countries like France, Switzerland, and Sweden, Manzi Mbaya was inspired to bring his experiences back home. Collaborating with Institut Francais Kigali, he aimed to showcase the talent within Rwanda and break the stereotype that success lies solely in international ventures. “The dance camp serves as a platform for cultural exchange,” Mbaya expressed his eagerness to bring artists from various parts of the world to create a diverse and enriching event, multiple times a year. Creating community through dance Manzi Mbaya believes that the Move Afrika Dance Camp not only connects people through dance but also fosters a sense of community and understanding. By bringing together artists from different backgrounds, the event promotes cultural appreciation and respect. “I envision a positive image for the youth, where they embrace diversity and learn from each other,” he said during one of the dance classes in the camp. The inaugural gathering showcased an array of experiences, featuring industry panel discussions, dance classes, and expert training sessions facilitated by some of Rwanda's most esteemed dancers, including Saddie Vybez, Ibrahim Zethy, Honore Hartel, Afro Khalifa, Alex Heskey, Bobo Elvis, and Kenyan sensation Quincy Icon. Manzi Mbaya promised an even grander sequel in 2024.