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Gurkha Soldier Nails The Pick It Up Dance Craze in Kenya

British Soldier's dance moves goes viral after being filmed in Kenya dancing with orphaned children at charity event

This is the moment a Gurkha soldier danced with a group of orphans to Kenya’s answer to Nicki Minaj in heartwarming scenes captured in a video now going viral across social media.

Lance Corporal Guruji Suraj, of the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), showed off his dance moves as he helped lift the morale of orphaned children at Laikipia Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in the Central Province of Kenya, Laikipia County, in the town of Nanyuki.

The soldiers gave up their downtime to cook for the youngsters, helping to boost their spirits, and raising money for the charity while the soldiers themselves donated sports and TV equipment for educational facilities.

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LCpl Suraj and 16 other British soldiers from BATUK visited the Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre which cares for the young.

The Gurkha soldiers spent time engaging with the children, dancing, cooking, listening to music, and they even managed to find time to have their hair braided by the children.

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LCpl Suraj has his hair braided by the local children

British soldier LCpl Suraj's dance moves proved quite the hit with the children. They were all filmed dancing together in sync to one of the most popular songs in Kenya right now.

The song is ‘Lokote’ by an artist named Maua Sama – who could be described as a Kenyan celebrity and the country's answer to Nicki Minaj.

‘Lokote’ is a Swahili word which translates to English as "Pick it Up" – this is simulated during the dance moves. LCpl Suraj can be seen going down low to ‘pick up’ or ‘fetch’ something.

Rugby coach Dennis said that events like this, including sports, are making a real difference to the children's lives. He said: 

"The Rehabilitation Center and Orphanage is here for kids who were born and deserted by their parents or street kids and children who are being rescued from relatives who are either drunk parents, irresponsible ones, sometimes single parents and in some cases parents that have been sent to jail.

"Some of the girls have ran away from early or arranged marriage but have now been given a second chance through sports."

Rugby coach Dennis Gem said the day was a great success because the children’s morale has been lifted. He said:

“We would like to thank the Gurkha soldiers for their selflessness, their time, and for their contributions towards making the day a success and putting a smile on the faces of the youngsters."

Five of the children at this orphanage have managed to receive high school scholarships due to the hard work of Dennis, who said:

"I use rugby to keep them busy and off the street. I take them to tournaments in different parts of the country with the help of the British Army. So they get a chance to travel, but to be in the team you must be disciplined.

"I have also helped to get them high school rugby scholarships, five from this Orphanage and 52 kids in total from other orphanages in Kenya."

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A state-of-the-art 43 inch TV and new sports equipment was donated by the Gurkhas to the rehabilitation centre. The soldiers even managed to get hold of a rugby ball to include in the donation, as the children at the orphanage are all ‘rugby-mad,’ and needed a new ball.

All the staff and children were given the day off from the cooking and cleaning because the Gurkhas stepped in and treated them all to a traditional Nepalese curry with rice and all the trimmings.