Nigerian dancer and choreographer Kafayat Shafau-Ameh also known as Kaffy has partnered with an HMO in an effort to help practitioners in the creative industry gain access to health insurance.
The Guinness World Record champion who is a health insurance campaigner for practioners in the Nigerian performing arts industry has received strategic support from Avon HMO.
Kaffy noted that the new health plans couldn’t have come at a better time, considering that an estimated 98% of Nigerian dancers lack health insurance coverage.
“This is the first of its kind milestone for the performing arts industry particularly, dancers. The journey to a health insurance deal for my artistic community has been a long time coming,” she said.
“Unfortunately, we cannot bring back to those whom we have lost, quite avoidably due to lack of access to basic health care. However, this is just the first part of the work.”
The dancer said the plan is for all dancers to get insured with the option of including their family members
It will be recalled that the dancer was given an Award recently in recognition of her giant strides as a ‘pioneer in the business of dance in Africa’.
The award was conferred on her by the Honorary Doctorate Escae Benin University, one of the top 10 universities in Republic of Benin.
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.