An 11-year-old boy has achieved fame after a video him dancing the rain outside his home in Lagos, Nigeria went viral social media. Anthony Mmesoma Madu impressed people worldwide his skill, enthusiasm, passion and dedication. The Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis saw a video clip Anthony and put it her social media feeds. She tweeted: "We create, soar, can imagine, have unleashed passion, and love, despite the brutal obstacles that have been put front us. Our people can fly." Another social media user said: "As adults, it is our job to help each child find their talent and to support them...The joy this propels them all things they do."
Anthony is one 12 students the Leap of Dance Academy. The academy is a poor district of Lagos. It provides free dance lessons to underprivileged children who have nowhere to practice. The academy's founder, Daniel Ajala Owoseni, told BBC News: "We are changing the narrative the stereotype male dancers." Anthony said: "Where I live there are no male ballet dancers me. When people see ballet they think it is only girls, they don't know that it is not only girls." He added: "How I want them to see me is that when I am dancing they know that there is a male ballet dancer. The feeling that comes me is as if I am dreaming."