Nigerian dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and fitness coach,
Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau-Ameh, popularly known as Kaffy, is well-loved
and admired for her dancing abilities, and the fact that she successfully
turned her passion into a lucrative career.
On episode 7 of Binging with GameChangers, she speaks with show host, Seyi
Banigbe, about her journey. She has built a solid career out of
contemporary dance in a society that gives very little regard to dance
professionals, and has attained status of dance icon despite the odds.
Kaffy had always loved dancing right from her childhood; she also
participated in a lot of sporting activities in her schools, including
taking ballet classes.
Although born into wealth, she lived in poverty for a while when at at age
11, her parents separated. She and her siblings lived with their mum, and
life became so difficult that they found it difficult to eke out a living.
They literally consumed garri for seven months consecutively. Kaffi
catered for herself by and her family by going to the farm – she would
harvest vegetables and sell to make money.
Later on along the way, she joined an aerobics class at the National
Stadium in order to lose weight and was always regular and punctual. This
prompted her aerobics teacher to appoint her to lead the class whenever
she was unavailable. Being a dancer, she infused dancing into aerobics and
the class loved it, always wanting her to lead whenever the teacher was
absent. She got promoted and began to train athletes.
During one of her weekends at National Stadium for dance rehearsals and
workouts, Kaffy was approached by a promoter for a modelling job. Part of
the modelling activity was choreography. Even though she didn’t want to do
the choreography at first, she later agreed and asked the promoter to
allow her to do a solo performance. Unknown to her, many artists were
present at the event and loved her performance. The rest as they say, is
She is the founder of Imagneto Dance Company via which she provides varied
services around dance, choreography and fitness to individuals and
corporate organizations alike.
Kaffy has successfully built a chain of businesses from her dancing that
includes a fitness/wellness outfit, a dance convention and an apparel
enterprise. She is known for her dance moves, stamina level and most
importantly, her professionalism.
She has featured in numerous award-winning musical videos for many A-list
artistes in Nigeria and across the globe. She won a Special Recognition
Award at the Headies in 2018 for her significant contribution to Nigeria’s
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