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From Huye to World Famous! What you should know about Rwandan choreographer Sherrie Silver

Sherrie Silver is a Rwandan born British woman choreographer who was born in Huye District in Southern Province on July 27, 1994.

 Unfortunately, she did not have the chance to grow up with both her parents. However, when Sherrie was 5 years old, she and her mother went to live in England, where she grew up and pursued academic and dance lessons in a Stagecoach Theatre Arts school that eventually made her famous worldwide.

Sherrie Silver gained notoriety in 2010 for her YouTube videos of herself dancing and quickly became an example of a Rwandan making the world famous. She became famous because of her talent for both traditional and modern dancing.

Sherrie Silver did her primary schooling in England. She has openly discussed how as a young girl, she was embarrassed of her skin color. In an interview she had with the BBC, she mentioned her classmates calling her names and making unpleasant comments about her appearance. However, these experiences did not discourage her, and she eventually earned a degree in Business and Marketing from the University.

In 2018, the whole world got to know Sherrie Silver when she won the MTV VMA Award for Best Choreography, beating other talented dancers. This award led to a statue being erected in the London City by Adidas in honor of eight outstanding women.

In addition to that award, she has won others, including the Screen Nation Award for Best Performance in Film. Sherrie Silver has also worked with celebrities such as Rihanna, Childish Gambino, Saturday Night Live (SNL), Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many others.

Sherrie Silver is also known for her charitable work.

 She founded an organization called “Children of Destiny” that helps children from poor families in Rwanda and has also paid medical fees for two hundred people in the city of Kigali in Nyamirambo.

 

She has two children she adopted after their parents passed away.

Apart from charity work, Sherrie and her association travel around different parts of Africa teaching dance, with the aim of popularizing African dance. She is also the Ambassador of UN IFAD (United Nations IFAD, The International Fund for Agricultural Development).

In 2022, Sherrie Silver has been making appearances at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar performing a traditional Rwandan dance called “Umushayayo”. On December 19th, she also participated in a meeting organized by the World Health Organization, where she explained Rwanda’s Health System “Mituel de Sante”. Additionally, on September 9, she was one of the leaders at the African Green Revolution Conference, which focused on improving productivity in African agriculture.

Sherrie Silver and her statue in London, England.

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