A 74yr old club dancer, Mr. Joseph N. Quoibiah, has hit the dancing stages at nightclubs and public places in the commercially booming city of Ganta.
In his retrospection, he said he began his dancing career at the age of 12, while in the fourth grade.
“When people see me, they thought that I am foolish and not to myself, but it is not so. I love dancing and been dancing throughout my life,” he said.
“I dance all music; and when I was very young, people hired me to dance for them in the clubs and public places those days,” he added, and continued saying: “I loved dancing and it is through dancing that I supported my family. Sometimes, when people see you dancing in the streets, they feel that you are not to yourself. But let me say that most of the people walking about are sometimes frustrated and need to get rid of the stress or frustration…When we are dancing, people give us money and share with us some of their personal belongings, because of the entertainment we offer to the masses. I dance jar music, Kenya, the Cuban Music, followed by Prince Nico, Bob Marley, just to name a few.”
Dancer Joseph N Quoibiah, who is popularly known in Ganta as Michael Jackson, was born in 1942 in Belekpalah in the Loa Clan, now Nimba County.
“I went to school and stopped in the 10th grade,” he asserted.
“My wife and I were blessed with seven children: two died and the remaining five are all men and women now, some pursuing higher education. Unfortunately, I lost my wife three years ago,” he lamented.
Pa Quoibiah said he is not ashamed of dancing, adding “It is part of me from my youth, even if I am in the village, I sometimes feel like dancing. I am proud to be a dancer, regardless of where I dance.”
Oldman Joseph Quoibiah can be seen in many public places, mostly during the day, dancing. He sometimes dances at the nightclubs, too.