Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau recently turned the big 40, and to celebrate the queen of dance, we share five facts about her that you probably did not know.
When Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, aka Kaffy, started dancing as a young teenage girl decades ago, she had no idea she was going to redefine dance in Nigeria and turn her passion into a goldmine.
She took her dance sessions seriously, regularly training at the National Stadium in the early 2000s before she began her career with a stage performance.
Setting the pace for others, Kaffy broke the Guiness World Record in 2006 for the "Longest Dance Party" after dancing for 55 hours and 40 minutes.
The talented, award-winning dancer has gone on to become a household name in the dance industry in Nigeria and founded the Imagneto Dance Company, where she trains aspiring dancers and dance enthusiasts.
To celebrate the dance instructor, choreographer, and fitness coach, who turned 40 recently, we serve you five facts about her.
1. She created 'The Dance Workshop and Conference' (TDWC)
The dancer created the Dance Workshop and Conference, where individuals and organizations both in the music and dance industries meet to discuss pertinent issues and where dancers can hone their skills.
More than just a workshop, TDWC is a movement which seeks the interests of Nigerian dancers, as Kaffy once reflected: "We are trying to change the narrative, to give dancers a structure, to teach them how to behave and how to sustain wealth for the rest of their lives. I’m doing this conference to create a platform to have this conversation with the industry that we are in service to.”
2. She is the creator of B.O.M.B challenge and host of 'Just Kaffy' podcast
By creating and hosting the 'Just Kaffy' podcast, Kaffy shows us that there are many layers to her and dancing is not all she does. With the theme, "Unhinged! Unfiltered! Unapologetic!", the podcast explores different issues, from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on entertainment to health and fitness. She also created the B.O.M.B challenge to help women stay fit and healthy.
3. She was a judge on Malta Guiness Street Dance and Dance with Peter
Many would remember the excitement and thrills of the Malta Guiness Street Dance, with Kaffy sharing her expertise with young dancers as one of the judges. She made her debut on the show in 2008, when it began, and continued for years after that. Alongside Joke Silva, Dupe Ige and Ben Ogbeiwi, she functioned as a faculty member on MTN Project Fame. Also a judge on the show, Dance with Peter, Kaffy did not fail to make a powerful impact on the dancers who competed.
4. She is a devoted wife and mother of two
Married to Joseph Ameh - nicknamed Papii Jameh, a former band member of the now defunct Psquare duo - for eight years, Kaffy dotes on her loving family. Together, they have two kids who love to dance just as much as their mother; a fact they proved with a surprise dance performance put on for the dancer on her 40th birthday.
5. She is a published author
Again, Kaffy demonstrates with her book, 'Alajota', that there is more to her than dancing. The autobiography, which chronicles the dancer's journey from her days of humble beginnings as a greenhorn to her days of great success in the dance industry, already promises to be a good read. Personal experiences and details of a career with its fair share of challenges are some things you can expect to find in this book.