Popular dancer, Kaffy, (Kafayat
Shafau-Ameh) on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 had a media parley with
all top media agencies at her newly commissioned Kaffy Incorporated at 20A
Badore Road, Ajah, Lagos.
Multiple award-winning dancer did a tour of the
building where she has different businesses; Imagnito Dance Company, Kaffy
Foundation, all under Kaffy Incorporated.
After the tour, she sat with members of the press
to discuss her forthcoming projects and she shared her thoughts concerning
issues we are facing as a country; and how we need to change the narrative and
have a re-orientation which is what she wants to achieve with The Dance
Workshop and Conference.
She unveiled the 2019 edition of her
international dance workshop and conference (TDWC2019) to be hosted for the
first time in Lagos.
Kaffy also disclosed details of the
anticipated event at a media parley held within the premises of her newly
opened world class dance and fitness studio which also serves as her corporate
Speaking at the media parley, she explained that
the Dance Workshop and conference, which in the last two years has become a
catalyst in the entertainment industry as it was geared to make a huge impact
on the dance community in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is to inspire, train
and mentor dancers in the art and business of dance, and on how to establish a
profitable career within the entertainment industry.
She added that the project fuses dance with
entrepreneurship and cultural exchange to provide a well-rounded educational
experience for professional dancers in Africa; as well as establish the need
for structure and discipline required to pursue a career in the performing arts
and the entertainment industry.
Kaffy reeled out a long list of
keynote speakers and instructors expected from all over the world such as
Zenith Bank MD; Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, the Ooni of Ife; HRM Oba
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, US Consular General; Mr. F. John Bray, the
world acclaimed Creative Director for Beyonce and Destiny Child; Frank
Gatson, Mrs. Kay Ovia, Transcorp MD; Mr. Valentine Ozigbo.
Workshop teachers also include; Marcus Cobb
from the US, Dance Fikshun, Jusbmore, Dancegod Lloyd from Ghana,
Courtnae Paul, Sino Dinuywa from South Africa, Kwame Kideyez
Osei from Germany, Ice Nweke and other top dance professionals and
professors from Nigeria.
The event is the brainchild of Kaffy Incorporated
(Imagneto Dance Company) in partnership with Landmark Event Center and Q21 Solutions,
while Star Rising Children’s Educational Initiative, Zenith Bank, and
Reddington Hospitals are listed as platinum sponsors.
Responding to questions about the entertainment
industry in Nigeria, Kaffy lamented the stereotype that has branded all
similar Afro Hip-Hop music forms in Nigeria as ‘Afrobeat’, she said; “African
Music is African Music. Afrobeat is Fela’s type of music and should not
be generalized as the whole Genre of any kind of music that comes out from
She also lamented on the wrong labelling of music
genre in Nigeria. She said; “Afrobeat belongs to Fela”
She advocated for return to cultural dance forms…
She say; “Shaku shaku is good, atilogwu, bata better. I think it’s a wrong way
of generalizing our music. African Music is African Music. We can’t call the
likes of Victor Owaifo, Sir Shina Peters, Chief Osadebe’s kind of music
‘Afrobeat’ just because it originated from here, it’s different from Afrobeat
and we should not generalize ‘Afrobeat’ as our sound; rather its Fela’s sound
and we must protect it at all cost”.
The Dance specialist also talked about the
dominance of various dance forms not rooted in African culture, describing it
as a sad departure from our roots, saying that the popular dance forms like
Alanta, Shoki, Shaku Shaku, and Zanku
have gradually taken focus away from original dance forms like the Bata,
Atilogu and other true African dance forms that are embedded in our history and
culture as a people.
Schedule for the workshop and conference as given
by Kaffy shows that The TDWC Africa holds for 3 full days, starting with.
The Dance Trade Fair which runs concurrently, from 9am – 11pm while the
Conference starts from 9am to 1pm. Workshop starts from 2pm to 6pm and this
runs for 3days.
Subsequently, in the evenings are social
gatherings referred to as ‘Special Nights’ for the 3days from 7pm – 11pm. The
conference is free; the workshop is at a cost of N5,000 to participate in the
various breakout masterclass sessions with panelists and teachers, while the
evening event tagged; ‘Afroburlesque Night’ attracts a fee of N3,000.
Intending participants are encouraged to register
at the www.tdwcafrica.com as spaces are limited.