Fela Kuti’s Children Pay Tributes 26 Years After His Death

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The children of Fela Kuti, the late Afrobeat legend, have taken to social media to honour their father on his 26th death anniversary.

Fela passed away on August 2, 1997.

Nearly three decades after Fela’s death, he is still remembered as an influential icon who voiced his opinions on matters that affected Nigeria through music.

In a series of posts on Wednesday, Yeni, one of Fela’s daughters, described him as a man with many faces who “we shall never forget”.

Yeni posted pictures of Fela “as a young man” — including ones he took with J.K Braimah, the veteran guitarist.

She also shared a video of the singer while performing at the Africa Day Rally Event at the Tafawa Balewa Square, on Lagos Island.

“The many faces of Fela! August 2nd 1997. We shall never forget. Fela as a young man, Fela as a guy wearing earrings, with JK his best friend, with Uncle Koye,” she wrote in a terse post.

On his part, Femi reposted Yeni’s caption and images on his Instagram page.

In the same vein, Shalewa said her dad remains “a great inspiration to me and to all”.

She wrote: “August 2nd 1997…. You will forever be missed! Thanks for being such a great inspiration to me and to all… Love you forever.”

Kunle spoke about the economic situation of the country recalling one of his father’s popular songs titled “Suffering and Smiling”.

“It’s 26 years Today you left to join your ancestors. We miss you so much, We are still suffering and smiling in this country of pain. continue to rest in peace. Africa must unite. blackism a Force of the mind,” Kunle wrote on Instagram.

Motunrayo shared the lying-in-state video of Fela while arguing that “no other event has come close till today”.

“I say make I share this video for you guys because most of una no get any idea about FELAs Lying in State. No Lying in State crowd has come close till today. This crowd followed us from TBS to the house. Drive took us 7hrs or so. IT WAS MAD EPIC,” she wrote.


On his part, Seun promised to always love his late father.

“Eleeeeeeniyaaaaaaaaaaaan!!! October 15 1938- August 2 1997. Yesterday was hard, today is better!!! Love you always,” Seun wrote.

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