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CHANGING NARRATIVES WITH DANCE; OUR WCW KAFAYAT OLUWATOYIN SHAFAU aka KAFFY

Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, popularly known by her stage name Kaffy is a Nigerian fitness coach, dancer, choreographer and dance instructor.

She is also the founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company. The beautiful mother of two was born on the 30th of June 1980 and is married to Joseph Ameh who is the music director and drummer for Nigerian duo P-square.

Kaffy became famous when she broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Dance Party at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006 after she danced for 55hours and 40minutes. She is currently a dance instructor who had developed innovative visualization-based methods for teaching dance and dance fitness in an accelerated learning format.

 In 2017, she created ‘The Dance Workshop’ a dance convention aimed at training and mentoring professional dancers as well as promoting cultural exchange within the Nigerian Dance industry. The 2017 edition featured American leading choreographer, AY Hollywood.

Kaffy is recognized for her dance moves and level of stamina. She has featured in award-winning musical videos for artistes such as Olamide, Tiwa Savage, P-square, Seyi-shay, D’banj and other international top acts.

In the year 2013, she was nominated for Performing Arts by Creative Industry Awards. In 2014, she won African Muzik Mag Award’s Best Female Dancer of The Year. 2015 saw her winning The Beatz Award’s Best Choreographer of The Year and also, The Headies Award’s Special recognition Award in 2018.

Recently, she unveiled the 2019 edition of her international dance workshop and conference (TDWC2019) hosted for the first time in Lagos. The dance fair which went on for three consecutive days was organized to inspire, train and mentor dancers in the art and business of dance, and on how to establish a profitable career within the entertainment industry.

 She talked about the dominance of various dance forms not rooted in African culture, describing it as a sad departure from our roots, saying that the popular dance forms like Alanta, Shoki, Shaku Shaku, and Zanku have gradually taken focus away from original dance forms like the Bata, Atilogu and other true African dance forms that are embedded in our history and culture as a people.

She also added that the project fuses dance with entrepreneurship and cultural exchange to provide a well-rounded educational experience for professional dancers in Africa; as well as establish the need for structure and discipline required to pursue a career in the performing arts and the entertainment industry.

 The Workshop teachers included Marcus Cobb from the US, Dance Fikshun, Jusbmore, Dancegod Lloyd Ghana, Courtnae Paul, Sino Dinuywa from South Africa, Kwame Kideyez Osei from Germany, Ice Nweke and other top dance professionals and professors from Nigeria.

Kaffy is unarguably one of Nigeria’s most successful and inspiring dancers and she has so far been a source of motivation for dancers across the nation.

Culled by Mumuni Zainab

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