Fela Inspired Gani, Falana To Fight Injustice – Femi

felaBy Tony Nwanne

Son of Late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Femi Kuti says his father inspired human rights lawyers, late Gani Fawenhinmi and Femi Falana, among others, to fight injustice, freedom of speech and corruption.

According to Femi, “before the likes of Femi Falana, Gani Fawehinmi and co, there was Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It was Fela that inspired all these other human rights activists to start talking, everybody was too scared and it was at the most brutal times of the most brutal regimes in Nigeria and that is a change,” the singer said”.

The award winning singer continued; “for one decade, my father was speaking about injustice, corruption and dictatorship but he was a lone voice. But today, Nigerians speak freely especially on social media and they don’t even know why,” he said.

Femi, in a recent interview noted that the late Fela Kuti was a political giant in Africa from the ’70s until his death he criticised the corruption of Nigerian government officials, he spoke and sang of colonialism as the root of the socio-economic and political problems that plagued the African people.

Femi  further exalts his father’s legendary crusade saying, “It’s because one man paid the price for them to be able to speak at a time when their fathers and mothers were too scared to speak when my father was speaking and this is the fact of our history that is not even taught in our schools”.


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