The late musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, was not a good father, according to Yeni Kuti, the afrobeat pioneer’s daughter.
Yeni Kuti said that she and several of her siblings were reared by Fela during a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo. The TV broadcaster said that Fela verbally abused several of his children.
In the interview, Yeni mentioned that while his first son, Femi, did approach her father about how he treated her, she never had the confidence to do so.
She said that because of this, the two were constantly at odds.
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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 say, ‘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 am a woman.