“I was just living on a daily basis” says Afrobeat maestro Femi Kuti of his younger days, in this special interview. The son of late Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who turned 50 yesterday, sat down for a chat with the Hip TV crew about life, turning 50, his youth and much more.
Speaking about his birthday celebrations he expressed a slight nonchalance about approaching the big five-Oh, sharing that festivities had begun even a week before the big day.
“When I was 49, I was kind of excited that I would be 50 this year, but after…approaching the 50, I became very nonchalant about it, and very indifferent. I don’t see the big deal but in the last few days people have not even let me sleep, they have been partying even before my birthday. They have been telling me happy birthday, my fans are now even making me have sleepless nights over my 50th that, left to me would have just been another day and I would let it go. So my mind is forced to wander on the topic, but I would really love to be nonchalant about it.”
“Now I know after the big party, if it is as big as I envisage that they are planning, that I have gotten wind of, I’m sure the next day I will be very depressed because…money will have gone, and I know how difficult times are in this country. We will have a good time but I don’t want us to have a good time and we will still face the same problems of no electricity, school fees rising, unemployment, boko haram, Delta. Ah. Me I don’t wanna have to wake up after having such a good time and we are still back to square one.”
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