Popular Nigerian dancer, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, popularly known as Kaffy, during the week was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Escae Benin University, Republic of Benin.
Expressing delight at the doctorate, Kaffy said in a recent interview said, “This award is just an icing on the cake for me because when I started my dance career, people taunted me and wondered if I could amount to anything with dance. They said it was not honourable and befitting. There was nothing I did not hear. Getting this doctorate degree came after the institution watched the consistency of my brand and how it has empowered young people in the creative industry. Coming all the way from another country, this means a lot to me. This is also an opportunity for me to inspire young people that there is no limit to how far they can go.”
Kaffy is also delving into authorship as she announced her new book titled, Alajota, a Yoruba word used derogatively to mean one who dances for money. Speaking on the inspiration behind the book, she said, “I gave the book that title to let people know that dance is an empowerment tool for wealth creation. It is not only about money but also values that dance can contribute to the development of society as told from my personal experience. The book offers an insight into how I have evolved and literarily went through the furnace.