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Macron’s visit to Afrika Shrine has vindicated Fela – Femi Kuti

Tosin Ajirire

Lagos came to a standstill on Tuesday, as Afrobeat king, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, hosted President Emmanuel Macron of France to an epic show at the Afrika Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos.

In this exclusive interview conducted shortly before the show, the musician opened up on why the French president’s visit has vindicated his dad, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Enjoy it.

You have the French president, Emmanuel Macron visiting Nigeria and Afrika Shrine for the first time, how do you feel?

To the people that have been supporting us all these years, they already know. To myself, I’m happy; for my family, I’m glad; for the (Afrika) Shrine, it’s fantastic; it proves that we are not what many people think.

Is this the first time you are performing for a sitting president?

Yes, it is my first time. Fela never did it, but that doesn’t justify a great artiste. Just because Fela didn’t do it doesn’t mean he wasn’t great. If President Macron comes to the Shrine, it justifies all that my father did and what we have been doing here for 18 years. Whether anybody likes it or not, this is the biggest entertainment spot and cultural shrine in Nigeria. It is globally known, there is nowhere in Nigeria that it (Shrine) is not known, so if you are the president of anywhere, where else would you go to present anything? It must be the Shrine, except you are a hypocrite. So, for him to come here (Afrika Shrine), he must be very progressive like I said.

If you meet President Macron one on one, what are you going to tell him?

I will talk to him about many issues. I will talk to him about the issues of crisis, corruption, bad government in Africa, and France participation in the past and present in encouraging mismanagement in the continent. France must apologize for its role in slavery. I’m sure tonight will just be formal but if I get the opportunity to talk to him one on one, I will tell him that. He is a young, vibrant leader who is progressive. So, if my thoughts about him are true, he must want to sit down and listen to the truth and he must want to support the truth. He personally did not take part in the slave trade and that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t apologise.


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 6th July 2018 at 8:59 am

    Fela was a political poet in music who fought for African Liberation. The Liberation which has come in this natives territory under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, which must be defended with the Sword in this final conquest of the Liberation Revolutionary Warfare of the natives which ends in Sokoto- the sit of the satan of this natives territory. Liberation which has come in 21st century Africa under Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, Southern Secondary Currency- SSC which serves as major trading instrument etc., with its international instruments for finance, trade etc. 21st century Africa under Southern Countries Union- SCU in this 21st century world international order do not need apologies etc. of the bandits from Europe which invaded Africa, occupied, stole African wealth worth Trillions, still stealing African wealth worth Trillions- the foreign bandits from Europe military, police must vacate African Soil now or they will be manure on African Soil in this 21st century Africa under Southern Countries Union- SCU in 21st century world international order. Only legitimate business based on mutual principles of Southern Countries Union- SCU will exist on African Soil in this 21st century Africa under Southern Countries Union- SCU in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Tim Nwani 14th July 2018 at 8:43 am

    I saw to my chagrin what seems like a festival of gathering of some moronic Nigerians praising and dancing in celebration of the visit of the face of our collective enemy French President Macron. It left a deep pain in my heart that no one person, not even Journalists could ask Macron why he allowed the genocide in Southern Cameroon to go on unabated. Macron sent French troops to Southern Cameroon to assist Biya in the decimation of his people. Like lepers we BLACKS are, no one cares nor have a feeling for the suffering of his neighbour, NOT for the innocent men, women and children that French troops and Cameroon soldiers are mindlessly murdering on daily basis.
    I never see a deluded people like Nigerians. Is Cameroon not Africa? Are they not our brothers? Are we not aware of the happenings in that region? Are we not aware of the mammoth refugees of southern Cameroonians that are in cross Rivers? And we are busy celebrating a monster. I dare say that Fela would not have allowed such a visit if he were to be alive. If he did, he would have confronted Macron point blank with the atrocities perpetrated by his country on African soils especially Cameroon.
    Unfortunately, men of wits, conscience, righteous, unbiased, bold and fearless ARE gone. I cry for the parting of GREAT MEN like FELA and GANI leaving us tissue paper men. What we have NOW are belly men and women that stop at nothing to earn naira to the detriment of the society and the downtrodden. AFRICANS ARE AFRICA’S ENEMY. Very unfortunate!!!!!!!!

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