Niiko is a type of dance indigenous to southern Somalia. Due to its sensual nature it is more often done by non-practicing Muslims and eschewed by those who are religiously observant, especially in freemixed gatherings. It involves moving the hips and is similar to twerking except the hips are moved in a rotary fashion. Niiko is often performed whilst wearing a dirac as well as a scarf around the waist in order to accentuate the buttocks, this dance is practiced by both southern ethnic Somalis but also practiced by Somali Bantus. This dance was made by Hawiye-Abgaal, although it is also done by Somali Bantus. The reason is because Somali Bantus assimilated within the Somali cultures in the surrounding area and adopted the Somali culture and language.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain - Page 128, Laura Bear - 2017
  2. ^ Ciyaaraha hiddaha iyo dhaqanka Soomaaliyeed, pp. 15–19, Abdulahi A. Ahmed - 2014
  3. ^ Ahmed, Sadia; Abdulahi, Fatuma (August 24, 2015). "An insider's guide to Mogadishu: 'There's no life without peace'" – via
  4. ^ "Through internet videos, tracing the African roots of twerk". August 28, 2013.

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