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


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.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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