In recognition of the influence her art, Nigerian dance veteran, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh also known as Kaffy has been awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree from ESCAE Benin University
The award was conferred in recognition of Kaffy’s giant strides as a ‘pioneer in the business of dance in Africa’. It was presented at a ceremony which held in Lagos presided by officials of the institution and witnessed by professional colleagues and well-wishers of the Guinness World Record champion.
According to Matthew Godwin Mario, Registrar, the dancer has made an outstanding contribution in the creative industry, He said, “The President/ Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Directors, and staff of our institution decided to confer on you an Honorary Doctorate award. This award cuts across Africa and the rest of the world.”
“The university is giving this award to you for your outstanding contribution in the areas of youth development, empowerment, entertainment and philanthropy. Your leadership qualities and your profundity of thoughts have placed you on a pedestal above all your equals. “An Honorary Doctorate Award acknowledges that the recipient deserves to be recognized for his/ her unsurpassed abilities due to life’s learning and experiences.”
The award comes just in time as Kaffy successfully brokered a health insurance deal with Avon HMO for all dancers and creative entrepreneurs. This unprecedented landmark achievement would help guarantee access to healthcare for her young colleagues.
Kaffy said, “This award is the icing on the cake for me because when I started it, people taunted me and wondered if I can amount to anything with dance. They said it was not honourable and befitting. There was nothing that I did not hear. Getting this doctorate degree came after the institution watched the consistency of the brand and how it has empowered people 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 you can go.
Congratulations to Kaffy on bagging an honorary doctorate degree. We are inspired by your outstanding contributions in the creative industry. Well deserved, queen.
This article was culled from Pulse Nigeria