Nigerian Afrobeats singer and dancer, Yeni Kuti has said she is glad her late father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s death happened several decades ago.
She said that most of the things he stood against and sang about on his songs started happening in the country and got worse.
The Afrobeats pioneer died in August 1997.
According to her, Fela would have died as a result of the numerous problems bedeviling Nigeria if he were still alive to witness and experience it all.
Speaking during an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Yeni claimed Nigerians did not realize the importance of her father until he was no more.
When asked why she thinks change happened, she said; “I think ‘their eyes are now clear, suffer don hook us for Nigeria. We have seen that there was at least one person who was singing about the abuse and fighting it.
“Fela used to take out an advert on Daily Times that later became Punch, every Saturday. He would tag it ‘Chief Priest says’, and he will write something about Nigeria. He had a printing press, where he would print and yab all of them. Of course, it took death for them to realize they had lost something important.”
On whether she believes her father died happily, Yeni said; “That’s a very tough question. I think it’s a tough question because he was quite ill before he died. So, I don’t think someone that was so ill could be happy.
“You know, many things he actually stands against started happening. Sometimes I think it’s even better that he died then because if he didn’t die, he would have died now with the way Nigeria is now.”