Yeni Kuti, a dancer, businesswoman, media personality and the first child of Fela Kuti, the Afrobeat Legend, believes that Nigerians did not realize the importance of her father until his death.
22 years after his death, Fela Kuti’s legacy has continued to grow, thanks in part to his children who have worked tirelessly to keep his memory alive.
Yeni, in this heart-to-heart interview with Chude, said, “It amuses me. I remember that Fela was in jail and my cousin Dotun introduced me to this girl. He said, ‘These are my cousins, ‘Yeni and Sola’ and she said, ‘Don’t introduce me to such people’. It stuck in my mind, I moved away from her, and I just thought to myself, ‘How nasty?’ I’m sure if I met that girl today, she would want to be my friend.
“That is why it is amusing that decades later, Fela is suddenly the hero while in those days, he was the villain.”
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