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Femi Kuti Opens Up On Being A Single Father [Video]

Musician and activist Femi Kuti has revealed why he stayed in the Fela Shrine with his first son, Made Kuti, for almost six years.

The Afrobeat singer recently sat with media personality Chude Jideonwo on a recent episode of #WithChude, to discuss being a single father, the loss of his parents, and the impact it had on his life. 

According to Femi Kuti, Made was all that mattered as he had lost his mother, his father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his wife had left him at the time.

Kuti added that his son reminded him of his own youth.

Made and Femi Kuti

“When I was bringing him up, he was all that mattered. I had lost my mother, my wife had left, and he was my joy,” he said.

“Fela had gone, and the only thing I had to hold on to was him.

"He also reminded me so much of my youth, people had thought that because we were Fela’s children, it was so nice.

So, I just said, where do I think Fela went wrong in my life, where I think he went wrong, I’ll correct it with my son, and where I think he was right, I will emphasize it and bring him up to understand that I am still not a perfect father”.

Kuti explained that when Made was growing up, he had to move into the shrine because thugs and police were always coming to raid.

“When he was growing up, we spent six years in the shrine because they were sending thugs and police to raid, so the only way to stop that was to move into the shrine.

"So, I put all my adopted children and my son upstairs, and then, somebody comes to me and said, what if they kill your son?

“So, I thought it was a political message because I was very political at that time.

"Social media wasn’t as it was today so, people will raid, police will raid here, and nobody will talk, and the press was against me for whatever reason they had against me.

 “All I had was my son. My son, my elder sister, and her daughter, but my son was closer because he is my son.

"So, I moulded him and gave him all the opportunities I didn’t have — musically and otherwise.

“So, everybody thought I was bringing him up as a spoilt child and people would say I was spoiling him, and I would say, ‘He’s like a flower; I’m giving him sunlight, and watering him”, he added.


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