Do you remember Kafayat Shafau? Certainly, not many will.
But as Kaffy, millions will smile in affirmation. That’s not unexpected because they simply can’t forget the lovely damsel (she’s a full grown arse woman now) who brought them smiles with her rather unusual commitment to dancing.
Of course, they can’t forget how she pushed herself into making her way to the Guinness Books of World Records for “Longest Dance Party” where she danced, non-stop, for days.
Well now, she says dancing has not only brought her fame, it’s really brought fortunes too, not minding that it was really hard and frustrating at the onset.
For that she says she’s not about to halt the show as she will go on dancing even at 60 years. That, according to her, is because at 60, her fans will still crave to see her supple moves on the dance floor.
“A dancer can dance till the age of 80. One of the oldest dancers is in her eighties and people still watch her. There is no limit to what the human body can do. However, over time, there are some projects I would not be able to partake in anymore. I know that even when I am 60 years old, some people would still want me to perform for them,” she said.
Kaffy says even though the hobby brought her fame and fortune, there is more to why she can’t do without dancing. Dancing, she says, is both an exercise and soothing therapy. That’s why she’s going to keep dancing until she drops.
“I am not only a dancer for the sake of entertainment. I use dance for therapy, fitness and wellness. For me, I’ll keep doing this business till I drop.”
Kaffy prides herself as one individual that recognized the potentials in her hobby quite early. The result is that she didn’t hesitate in building a business brand around it. That much she succeeded in doing by first acquiring more knowledge about the art just so she could build the desired corporate image. That she is a brand name sought by the who is whom in the entertainment industry is no in contention at all. In fact, it goes without saying that she successfully conquered the sector either with her presence or those who went through her tutelage.
“When people began to like my dance, I decided to create a business out of it. I wanted to gain more knowledge about the art so I could build a dance empire into a major corporate entity. I didn’t start to dance to get validation, I just wanted to make a career out of my gift. I am happy that dancers are doing well now and making good money from the art.”
Kaffy has got too many things to be happy about picking up dancing both as a hobby and career. Though rewards came in piecemeal, she’s now in a position where she determines what she earns. And she doesn’t come cheap at all. Not when she has a Guinness Book of World Records to help flaunt her skillful resume.
“When I started dancing, the least amount I collected was between N3, 000 and N20,000. At that time, some dancers were collecting as little as N500. Some people were even dancing for free. But now, I can earn as much as N14 million. One does not get such offers on a daily basis but I no longer take as little as N100,000.00 for dancing. I only go for jobs that pay me.”
She’s got a parting word for young ones keen on following their dreams. She wants them to pursue their dreams with passion as she did or more.
“I didn’t start dancing because I wanted to make money. It was my passion and dream…Anything that is important will speak for itself through the values that it gives the system.”
Nice of you, Kaffy.
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