Afrobeats dancing, a type of street dance that blends hip hop with West African dance traditions, is commonplace at the barbershop. Amateur dance videos filmed at the shop have gone viral on social media, helping to launch the careers of several performers.
We asked Nikky why Afrobeats dancing took off in his shop. “The dancing started in the barbershop as a lot of people got talents,” said Nikky. “Some people are waiting four or five hours (to get their hair cut) and wanted to pass the time.”
Bringing the community together
Nikky Okyere has played a pivotal role in building the barbershop’s community. Having cut the hair of famous footballers like Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck, he now has clients from across London.
But Nikky also likes to think of himself as a therapist; a source of advice and support for his customers. He knows people like to talk about their life dilemmas whilst sat in the barber chair, and he’s happy to offer up ways to put their worries to rest.
He’s not afraid to talk about money matters either. Or give a little advice on the mindset that has helped him to become so successful, as he does in this video.