We Would Not Accept Centenary Award for Fela” – Femi Kuti

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Femi Kuti, son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has said that the family would not accept any centenary award in his father’s honour.

Femi made the statement through a Twitter correspondence with newsmen earlier on Tuesday. While stating that the family has not been officially informed about any centenary award for Fela, he noted that the Federal Government should first apologize for killing his grandmother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and burning of Kalakuta Republic.

“We have not heard such but I can speak for myself, FG should first apologize for the killing of our grandmother and the burning of Kalakuta,” he wrote.

Asked if the family would accept the award if the government apologized for the two wrongs mentioned, Femi said he doubts if the family would accept the award.

“Like I said we have not heard anything from the Federal Government. But I doubt if the family will accept the award.”

For more than two decades Fela sang and protested against anti-people policies of the government. Starting from the 70s, Fela, was a torn in the flesh of military and civilian administrations in Nigeria.

Fela is to be awarded alongside 99 others as part of the centenary celebration according to a statement released by the Presidential Committee on Nigeria’s Centenary Celebrations.

FG is honoring Fela Anikulapo Kuti, in the ‘Internationally Acclaimed Artistes, Literary Icons and Journalists’ category.

The award ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja, on 28 February.


1 COMMENT

  1. At least Obasanjo is still alive and kicking. he was the one that sent soldiers to destroy Kalakuta republic and in the process killed their grandmother. whether they accept the award or not; they should turn their anger on Obasanjo.

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