Seun Kuti Recounts Family’s Suffering in the Hands of Soldiers over Fela

Seun Kuti

Sunday Ehigiator

Seun Kuti has recounted some of the horrific things his family had to suffer because of his late father, Fela Kuti.
The music star took to his Instagram page on Friday, October 26, 2018, where he wrote an epistle about the trials his family went through under the military regime in Nigeria, without forgetting to send a note of warning to some self-acclaimed followers of Fela springing up in the music industry today.

According to him, his mother used to tell him bedtime stories about all the scars on her. Seun likewise shared a photo showing his father with some of his women.

He wrote, “Whatever you think Fela went through, he went through with his family. We were his rock. My mother used to tell me bedtime stories about all the scars on her.

“My step mum, Najite was the first person the soldiers saw in Kalakuta. She was swimming; they picked her up by her head from the pool and broke her neck!! My mother had a broken bayonet stitched into her and she couldn’t walk for 18months.

“The amount of state sanctioned violence I have seen in my life as a child. When I was nine, I saw the cops shot and kill one of my dad’s boys in front of shrine and just left him there for nothing. Fela tried to protect us but you can’t protect anyone from that!
“You know these cops would come to our house and just shoot up the place at least twice a week? Do you all know that? Or you think this is just play? See, Fela’s music is a gift for the world and everyone is welcome but our legacy is ours alone, to protect and nurture. You all fakers stay way back. This isn’t your space.”