Nigerian dancer Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, with stage name Kaffy, has disclosed that she started dancing to improve her mental health.
Kaffy made this disclosure during a recent interview with Channels TV.
The dancer gave a brief account of her upbringing, saying that her parents’ divorce had forced her to turn to dancing as a way to cope.
Later on, she said, she used her dance skills to “give people life” during a fitness awareness event held at the Lagos State National Stadium.
In her words:
“Before I even thought of dancing as a profession, I always saw it as something to help me with my mental health.
“And growing up in that average Nigerian household, you have divorced parenting. You are trying to navigate through life as a young teenager. Dancing was the art form in which I found solace. I used it as an escape to somewhere I could become something.
And when I related with others in the social environment, I found out that people needed some escape. I started exploring that at the national stadium until I found the entertainment space.”