Fela’s award cabinet empty when alive — Seun Kuti

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Seun, one of the sons of the late afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said his father was never invited for any award ceremonies while he was alive. He added that his father’s award cabinet was empty while he was alive, and he only began to receive some recognition after his death.

He made this known while receiving an award on behalf of his late father, who was honoured posthumously at the 70th anniversary of the SIGMA Club, University of Ibadan, held in Lagos, recently.

Seun said, “My father did not receive any awards when he was alive because he was not invited to any. Fela’s award cabinet was about empty when he was alive. It is such a good thing to have this award on behalf of my family.”

He also noted that renowned juju musician, Ebenezer Obey, was the only one among the elites who visited Fela’s family and gave him (Seun) money when his father died in 1997.

He said, “Chief Ebenezer Obey was the only one that came and gave me money. I was 14 years old at the time and N20,000 was a lot of money. That is why when I am asked who my favourite musician is, I am not afraid to say his name (Obey). (However), I would not like to diminish the efforts made by the late Victor Uwaifo who was a good friend of my dad too before his death.”


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