My father was not a good father –Fela Kuti’s daughter

Yeni Kuti, daughter of Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti has mentioned that, the late singer was not a good father.

Her father, according to Yeni always was at loggerheads with his first son, Femi. She never confronted her dad about not being a good father because she thinks it was obvious to all in their family and himself too.

“He [Fela] was not quite a good father. No [I never told him that he isn’t a good father]. Maybe Femi, not me. Femi and Fela used to have battles. And Femi will give it to him straight,” she said in an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo.

“Shola and I, we were like timid. You know, they said, ‘When two elephants are fighting, the grass will keep quiet.”

“I can remember one day, Fela just came and said, three of you are useless children. Femi just said, for what? Femi just started facing him and then they started facing each other. Shola and I will say it’s okay. Fela will say, No. And Femi just said, let him go.”

“I don’t think I have ever had that kind of confrontation with my father. Maybe because I was a woman” Yeni added.


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