When he went on stage, the crowd went wild. And then he dropped his crutches, danced his heart out and left them in awe.
He's still pinching himself and can't believe he got to dance at the Miss South Africa pageant the day Ndavi Nokeri was crowned. It all started when best-selling musician Makhadzi and her team reached out to him.
From then on, things moved fast for Seun Kubayi (24) from Limpopo in Marblehall.
He’s always loved dancing for as long as he can remember. When he lost his left leg after an accident in 2019, he made a conscious decision not to give up his dream to become a dancer.
“I don’t want people to look at me and feel sorry for me. And I want to show people who are disabled that disability doesn’t stop one from fulfilling their dreams. I hope they get the motivation to also follow their talents and aspirations in life. I was not born this way,” he says.
He admits the accident changed his life but it didn't stand in the way of his dreams. In fact, he flipped the script. “It was a challenge to accept my new self because I was not born this way, but I told myself that this is how I am now and made peace with that fact. I continued to dance in my crushes.”
Seun became a social media sensation after he joined TikTok. He wanted to show that he still had his moves.
“I started dancing in 2007, and it has been something that I loved to do. I did not see myself giving up on it, so when I joined TikTok, I wanted to trend as that guy who can still do it regardless of my physique. I want disabled people as well to learn that they are also human beings and can still be able to do other things,” he says.
Seun has a large following on TikTok. When he posted a video dancing to a snippet of Makhadzi's new song, MaGear, he received the call that changed his life. He usually performs around his neighbourhood but when the team of the award-winning musician, Makhadzi reached out to him after she returned from her tour in United Kingdom, he knew he was set for greater heights.
“People love me and acknowledge my talent, so I was so happy when Makhadzi’s team called and told me that they’d like to invite me to event and I got excited that a lot of people were going to see me performing from a big stage for the first time,” he shares, still in disbelief.
“The way I am now, I would like for people to not feel sorry for me. I want to live like everyone else. Please do not give up on things that you are good at.
“I want to go big and succeed in my dancing career, this was an opportunity for a lifetime and I appreciate sharing a stage with an artist that I love their music so much.”