Nigerian choreographer bags doctorate degree
Nigerian choreography, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, has been conferred with a doctorate degree.
For her contribution to the entertainment industry, the dancer popularly known as Kaffy was honoured by the Escae Benin University in Benin State, Nigeria.
“As a child, I looked through the Guinness book of world records and 18 years later I broke a Guinness world record. As a teenager, I pictured my face on billboards and on TV and I saw it happen, I lived it” she said.
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I’m humbled to be decorated this afternoon by Escae Benin University with Honorary Doctorate in recognition as a ‘pioneer in the business of dance in Africa’. This award is not just for me but for an institution. That institution is the dance industry. I dedicate this award to every Dancer, Make-Up artiste, Barber, Cobler, Generator boy, painter ,Tailor , plumber , graphics artiste , cameramen, journalist , and everyone that can dare to dream. #daretodream #powertobe #danceboss #dancerslivesmatter #DrKaffy
The mother of two took to social media to share the news with her fans.
“I am here surrounded by Academics honoring me not for a certificate but for the application of every ounce of knowledge I have acquired in life both in school and on the street.”
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This moment right here brought tears to my eyes as I reflected and had my life do a major replay of all the struggles , pain and negative perceptions I have had to overcome to see this day . As a child I looked through the Guiness book of world records and 18 years later I broke a Guiness world record As a teenager I pictured my face on bill boards and on tv and I saw it happen , I lived it . I watch Movies and motivational speeches done in the honorary gown of a doctorate honor and here I am honored with the least likely career choice . I have heard so many doubts that through dance I can amount to nothing not to talk of being celebrated or honored on this level Infact on many levels . I am here surrounded by Academics honoring me not for a certificate but for the application of every ounce of knowledge I have acquired in life both in school and on the street. DREAM BELIEVE DARE DO – DR KAFFY ( ALÁJÒÓTÀ) #daretodream #drkaffy #danceboss
According to her, the award is not just for her but for the dance industry.
Kaffy is the founder and owner of Imagneto Dance Company.
In 2006, Kaffy led her dance group to break the Guinness Book of Record for “Longest Dance Party” after they danced for 55hours and 40minutes.
In 2017, she created ‘The Dance Workshop ‘ a dance convention aimed at training and mentoring professional dancers as well as promoting cultural exchange within the Nigerian dance industry.