Although two Nigerian dancers, Pinki Debbie and Michael Bright Ifeanyi recently became global dance sensations, Nigeria had been put on the global dance map as far back as 2006, when Kafaya Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh aka Kaffy, led a group of Nigerians to break the Guinness world record for the longest dancing streak at the time. That singular feat earned her, her International repute but her preceding exploits got her the title of “African Dance Queen.”
While a new crop of dancers are starting to make global statements for the rich dance culture in Africa with their exploits, Kaffy’s 2006 feat was the eye-opener to the potential in the art of dance and its influence as a global tool. It is fair to say Kaffy cleared the path for the new crop of African dancers to course through to reach this point of global domination.
Just as the likes of 2baba and D’banj are revered for their ground-breaking charge on the global music frontier, Kaffy takes credit for leading the globalisation of the African dance culture in this present time. Her role in the growth of the dance culture and its relationship with the entertainment industry, particularly the music industry, remains unmatched.
In fact, the involvement of Kaffy in the Nigerian entertainment sphere is close to legendary, especially in the area of music videos where her involvement has become a myth, such that people often use the rhetoric, “which top artiste shoots a video without involving Kaffy?” Her repertoire includes several major dance projects such as The MTN Yello Show, Malta Guinness Street Dance Africa, MTV Base MAMA Awards Show and the likes.
In her 17 years experience as a professional dancer, Kaffy has executed enough successful dance projects to be referred to as a dance mogul. Her passion for dance and vision for the art to be recognised independently on the African continent, has led her to establish a dance school where she teaches the art and inspires younger African dancers to use it as a tool of reformation and motivation.
That Kaffy is the face of dance in Nigeria, is a no brainier and even arguably, in Africa. Her success as a dancer remains an inspiration to many who she has led to see the beauty in the art of dance and the enormous potential existing for those who have chosen to make it a way of life like it is for her, Queen Kaffy.
This article was written by Ibironke Oluwatobi. He tweets via: @ibironketweets