“I don’t find this sexual…I find it artistic. (It was God’s original plan that we be naked, man invented cloth after sin for those of you preaching,” Omalicha, one of Kaffy’s fans wrote in the comment section.
Thinking about it, she was not far from the message the dance queen of Nigeria, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, was trying to pass in her now controversial topless photo on Instagram.
“My body is my art. My canvas. My paintbrush. My instrument of expression,” Kaffy wrote as she celebrated her body, the major tool with which she as achieved so much success in Nigeria’s entertainment circle.
My body is my art. My canvas. My paintbrush. My instrument of expression. #Beinspired #fitmom #dancemom #dancetrepenuer Be Happy In You!!! @kelechiamadiobi thanks for this! Inspired by @alibabagcfr : I celebrate this body as its a testimony of God's ingenuity . A production factory . An abode for passion. A chamber for motherhood . A masterpiece .
As expected, many fans did not find this acceptable, especially in a country well known for its overtly religious leanings.
One fan wrote, “Something ment(sic) for ur(sic) husband is now shown freely to d(sic) world…did he even pay ur bride price? I guess u knw(sic) dis(sic) pic will b(sic) on net forever.. Will ur(sic) kids b(sic) proud of u(sic) tomorrow?”
Another fan was just blunt without restraint as she just dropped “Ashawo” in the comment section, drawing a series of shades from the people who saw nothing wrong in the picture.
Drama ensued, and the dancer defended herself well, telling all the ‘haters’ and ‘lovers’ that she was giving a testimony with her body, obviously inspired by comedian Ali Baba who she quoted thus, “I celebrate this body as its a testimony of God’s ingenuity . A production factory . An abode for passion. A chamber for motherhood . A masterpiece .”
Kaffy had done a similar photoshoot in 2015 with Kelechi Amadi-Obi, the same photographer behind the camera again, so she will be well used to the uproar as evident from some of her responses to fans who came at her.
Whether we agree with Kaffy’s bold move or not, one thing remains certain – Nigerian artists are beginning to explore their art in several ways, and nudity is one of them.
Kaffy is certainly not the first to go topless, Ini Edo, Damilola Adegbite, Charlyboy, Maheeda, Darey Art Alade, among others have all had raunchy photos on the net, and all have had artistic undertones to them.
Under the umbrella of arts, what Kaffy has done is absolutely permissible, but in a country where ‘public nudity’ in any form is a ‘sin’, it is no surprise that she has been widely condemned, in spite of many who have taken her side.
In matters like this, it will be difficult to say who is right or who is wrong, after all, everyone has the choice to do as they please – it is only tougher for the mother of two because she is a celeb.
Fast forward a couple more years from now, many more artistes will tow Kaffy’s line and might even go more daring in their own photos – we just hope it is for a good reason.
One thing remains, it is either Nigerians are so religious that nudity irks them, or they are so pretentious that they would rather find the pleasure of nudity behind closed doors.
Using the body as an art tool did not begin today and will not end tomorrow. Same goes for the feminist movement of women celebrating their bodies without shame. Therefore, as much as the Nigerian society will want to criticise women like that, it should also be ready