Seun Kuti, Nigeria’s foremost Afrobeat musician and activist, has taken after the revolutionary spirit of his father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, as he confronts the current wave of bad governance pegging back Africa’s most populous country. Nigeria is currently facing horrendous economic stagnation which has culminated in a chocking recession. A shocking development for a prominent crude oil producing country blessed with large quantities of natural resources.
The famous artiste has used his music to confront major social and political ills, following in the footsteps of his father who, till today, is still regarded as a powerful revolutionary icon and the father of Afrobeats. Seun Kuti has taken his activism a step further by organizing resistant groups and town hall meetings online and offline. He blames Nigeria’s stagnant economy on the deep-seated corruption evident in the heartless looting of the national treasury under the Buhari-led government.
Speaking to the BBC, Seun Kuti outlines the issues challenging modern Nigeria like the #EndSARS protests which have rocked the country in recent weeks, as he goes on to relaunching his father’s political party, the Movement of the People.
According to him, “Nigeria has even failed the unborn.”
Watch his interview with BBC Africa here