Femi Falana has advised Nigerian presidential candidates to listen to the music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti to get solutions for the nation’s problems.


Falana gave the advice on Monday during the 2018 Felabration debate, titled ‘African Leadership in the Millennium’, in Lagos.

He said the late Fela had foreseen Nigeria’s problems as he gave warnings and proffered solutions to such problems in his music.

Falana said: “I want most of these presidential aspirants to listen to Fela’s music very well where they can find solutions to most of our problems.


“Our country is rich as Fela sang in his music, but our people are still hungry and poor; you must understand our society before you can lead us.”

Felabration is a festival of music and arts commemorating the life and times of Fela. The annual celebration was conceived in 1998 by Yeni Kuti.

Fela is the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and a human rights activist.


He composed many songs on societal ills in Nigeria and the African continent and had many brushes with several Nigerian governments which he often criticised in his songs.

Some of such popular songs include ‘Suffering and Smiling’, ‘Authority Stealing’, ‘Zombie’, ‘Water No Get Enemy’ and ‘Lady’.

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