“My dad Fela was an icon but he was not a good father” – Yeni Kuti

Yeni Kuti, daughter of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has said the late Afrobeats superstar was not a good father.

She stated this while being interviewed by media personality, Chude Jideonwo, but added that he was an icon and a role model.

Yeni said she never confronted Fela about not being a good father, but the music legend and his first son, Femi Kuti were always at loggerheads.

She said; “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.

“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.”

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