There’s no room for a lazy man in Lagos. So says Kaffi, dance and choreography maestro.
Where do you live in Lagos and why?
I live in Surulere because it’s quite convenient. I don’t stay with my parents. I stay with my uncle. So staying in Surulere for me is not by choice.
What’s your earliest Lagos experience?
I got to Lagos in 1988 when we got back from England. There was really nothing exciting because we had a private car, which took us everywhere. My first experience was at Allen Avenue. It was more of a domesticated area then. Not business-like. A very quiet and beautiful place. It looked like Beverly Hills.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Nigeria but grew up in England. We came back to Nigeria but we only go back there for holidays. Since then I’ve been in Nigeria.
What do you like most about Lagos?
Lagos is a land of adventure…land of discovery. If you’re somewhere outside Lagos, your full potentials might not be brought out. Not because Lagos is the best place in the world, but it challenges you in many aspects of your life. You got to meet people who are much better than you are. If you’re looking for competition, come to Lagos and you’ll find it there. It’s a place of challenge.
What do you dislike about the city?
The population. It’s getting too much, especially in the metropolitan areas like the island and Mainland. There ‘s a lot of land on the outskirts of Lagos even within Lagos but you find out that particular areas are crowded like Idumota, Apongbon and so on. There are too many offices on the Island. Everywhere is congested.
What do you miss most when you’re outside Lagos?
When you go to other places, it’s as if you’re dead, inactivity. There’s no room for a lazy man in Lagos. You’re up and going. As an active person, I love Lagos for that. Time in Lagos is faster than any other thing.
How do you move around in Lagos?
Basically by okada, cars…I’m planning to have a car. My uncle has cars in his garage. I can’t drive them. Even when I do have my car, it’s basically for the convenience of going to some places at a particular point in time. But on work days, I hop around on okadas so as to get to the places on time.
Where do you shop in Lagos?
Because I’m based in Surulere, most of my shopping is done around there. Yaba, Adeniran Ogunsanya, except I want to buy bulky things like clothing accessories, then I go the island.
What’s your favourite Lagos hangout or pub?
I go to the swimming pool. I dance at the club also but that’s my job. The only other way I relax is by going to the pool.
Who’s your favourite Lagos celebrity?
Ruggedman. Apart from the fact that I dance for him, I like his personality. His mindset and his approach towards things in life.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are dancing and teaching kids how to dance. Although it’s my job, it’s also my hobby. I also do aerobics.
What new projects are you working on now?
I’m working on a dance academy. It’s kicked off but I want to make it bigger. I’m thinking of a concert at the end of June. I am thinking of bringing one international artiste to inspire the kids. Our society has gone past the age when youths have to become 30 or 40 before they become achievers. Most of them have the talent and can be developed from an early age.
(First published in 2005)