FULL NAME : Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau
STAGE NAME : Kaffy The Dancer or Dancequeen
NET WORTH : $
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born 30 June 1980 (age 37)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos, Nigeria
RESIDENCE : Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
OCCUPATION : Dancer, Choreographer and Fitness coach
NATIONALITY : Nigerian
MARITAL STATUS/HUSBAND : Joseph Ameh
CHILDREN : She is blessed with two kids
EDUCATION : Yaba College of Technology and Olabisi Onabanjo University
Kaffy The Dancequeen Profile
You may have heard of the name Kaffy The dancer perhaps this is the first time you are hearing the name. Be it as it may be , the most important thing is that you know that we are going to be discussing everything about the best dancer in Nigeria who danced her way to stardom. This biography and profile of Kaffy shall be walking you into her world as we pay more emphasis on her lesser known facts.
Now, let’s keep the ball rolling . She was born Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau but popularly known by her stage name Kaffy while her die hard fans prefer to call her “Kaffy the dancer”. She is the most celebrated and richest Nigerian dancer who took her dancing career professionally and she has manged to make a fortune out of her passion. In case you never knew her, Kaffy is a Nigerian dancer, video vixen, choreographer, dance instructor and fitness coach. Undoubtedly, she is labelled as one of the most popular and wealthy Nigerian celebrity dinning with the bigger boys and girls in town . She is the founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company. She recently gained more popularity for breaking the Guinness World Record for “Longest Dance Party” at the Nokia Silverbird Danceathon in 2006.
Early Life, Background And Growing Up
Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau aka Kaffy the dancer was born on 30 June 1980 in London and grew up in Canada, New York City but she grew up in Canada, New York City and Egypt before coming to Lagos with her parents when she was just a little girl
Her biography reveals that she completed her primary education at Chrisland School, Opebi . She then had her secondary school education at Coker Secondary School, Orile-Iganmu . When she completed her secondary school education she proceeded to Yaba College of Technology for a while and later bagged a diploma in data processing from Olabisi Onabanjo University. She decided to face her dancing career full time after she was done with her university education.
Career and Rose to Lime-Light
Kaffy the dancer kicked started her dancing career after she went to an event to perform onstage by someone who spotted her when she used to go to the National Stadium during weekends for dance rehearsals and workouts. The big one happened in her career in 2016, the dance expert break the Guinness Book of Record for “Longest Dance Party” , she was the one who led her dance group to this stardom after they danced for 55hours and 40minutes. Kaffy is is currently a dance instructor who has developed innovative visualisation-based methods for teaching dance and dance fitness in an accelerated-learning format.
Kaffy is behind several great things, she has done several wonders that will keep her name in the lime light forever and it will surely keep her name relevant for decades. In 2017, she created a dance platform called ‘The Dance Workshop ‘, this dance convention is aimed at training and mentoring professional dancers as well as promoting cultural exchange within the Nigerian dance industry.
The 2017 Edition featured America’s leading choreographer, AY Hollywood. In the aspect of music videos , she is widely recognized for her dance moves and level of stamina. She is number one when the best dancers in Nigeria are being discussed. She has featured in award-winning musical videos for artistes such as Davido, Seyi Shay, D’banj, Wizkid, P-Square Tiwa Savage to name a few.
Personal Life: Husband And Children
Kaffy The Dancer is married to the love of her life , a man called Joseph Ameh who is a famous music director and former drummer for Nigerian duo P-Square . He was recently signed by Mr P following their split. Their union is blessed with two children.
Awards And Nominations
This is a list of the awards and nominations of Kaffy. Although this list is incomplete; we are currently working on expanding it.
- 2013 Creative Industry Awards Performing Arts Nominated
- 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Female Dancer of the Year Won
- 2015 The Beatz Awards Best Choreographer of the Year Won
How I Danced My Way to Fame, Fortune : Kaffy
‘Kaffy’ opened up to Weekend Magazine on her career, married life, motherhood and more
Weekend Magazine: How exciting was your early life?
Kaffy: I schooled in Nigeria and when I was a kid I travelled a lot and I practically grew up in England, Canada, New Delhi and Egypt. I came back to Nigeria as a young adult to complete secondary school then I went to Yaba Tech for a while. And here we are today.
How did your career as a dancer begin?
Kaffy: It was just a hobby and people would comment that I could dance very well and all that. I was always dancing because I was very active as a kid. I engaged in ballet classes, sports activities and so on. I continued dancing into adulthood. Then I used to go to the National Stadium during weekends for dance, work-outs and I think that was where dancing as a career really began for me.
I was dancing at a basketball court after a game one day and someone saw me there and took me to an event to perform onstage and a lot of the artistes we have in the industry were there. It was after that I was approached by Adewale Ayuba, Ruggedman and I appeared in their videos. Before I knew it, I was going for shows. It wasn’t as if I had it in mind to be a dancer, no. It happened by chance.
How long did it take you to break into the entertainment industry properly?
Kaffy: My first deal happened in 2002 and in a month I was already doing videos and shows professionally. An MTN dance show was going on then and someone who saw me on a video told them that I was worth being one of their choreographers. When they approached me, I never had a packaged video to show to them but I assured them that I knew what I could offer. They gave me their trust and I was awarded the contract to be their choreographer. In other words, I landed that major contract in more than two months of having danced professionally. I can say I danced my way to fame and fortune.
If you weren’t a professional dancer, what would you have been?
Kaffy: I would have been into the wellness and health services or I would have been an Engineer.
You have a Guinness Book of Records feat to boast of. Can you tell us about that?
Kaffy: It was not by my power but the power of God. An opportunity like that came and He gave me the ability to execute and achieve it. I was looking for an opportunity to be someone to prove to my parents and God gave me the opportunity and I took it. It was never planned or rehearsed for. I danced for about 54 hours, but the official record time was 53 hours and 43 minutes.
What’s the most memorable moment in your career?
Kaffy: The day I became the world record holder for dance, when people walk up to me and tell me I inspire them, the birth of my kids and the day I married my husband were cherishing moments for me.