There was a prediction that 12 of us would die after my dad’s demise – Femi Kuti

Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Femi Kuti has recounted how people predicted that 12 members of his family members would die in quick succession after the death of his father, late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Femi said that the prediction came after he lost his sister, Shola Kuti, and a cousin at short intervals.

He made this known during an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, adding that the period was particularly difficult for him.

The instrumentalist said many people were encouraging him to be strong, being the first son of the family.

Accoding to Femi, they all thought he would run mad after his wife, Funke, dumped him in the middle of the crisis.

He said; “Fela had just gone [died]. My sister [Shola] had gone. My cousin had gone. Some people were predicting that 12 of us would die. And I [was] saying, is this prediction going to come true?

“We had our internal family problems. They would say, ‘You know, you are the first son; you must do it.’ And I would say, ‘Who born me inside this wahala like this?’ Then my wife go [got separated from me]. And they said, ‘Femi is going mad.’ It was terrible.”

The Grammy nominee, however, added he was thankful for the experience, and it made him who he is today.