20 years after, Fela is still relevant in Nigeria – Segun Arinze

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Popular Nollywood actor, Segun Arinze, said on Wednesday that the late Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is still relevant 20 years after his death.

Fela died on August 2, 1997.

Arinze said the issues Fela addressed in his works were still relevant today.

“He is a great icon and till date, his music still stands relevant. Most of those things he said in all his songs are prevalent till date.

“He was like a prophet but as the saying goes, a ‘prophet is not respected in his home town. That played out in his life.

“We still hope the society would continue to imbibe the messages he left behind for the much needed change to come,’’ Arinze said.

He described Fela as a great artiste, who used music to pass on messages.

“Fela started passing messages before other activists started using music to propagate worthy and good causes.

“And of course, he was recognised by the government, people and the society. Fela was great, we can never forget him in Nigeria, Africa and the world stage,” he added.

NAN

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

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