Amidst some reports which said, Afrobeats musican Femi Kuti was against the February 6, 2017 nation-wide protest march being spearheaded by hip hop star, Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia, Femi Kuti has clarified that he is not against the march but against a report which claimed his club, Afrika Shrine was chosen as a venue for the protest.
The two-time Grammy award nominee engaged his fans about his position on the planned protest via Twitter on Friday.
“I have no problem with the protest,” tweeted Femi Kuti, who is not a stranger to protests against bad governance. “I have a problem with using the Shrine at first without informing me & finding out on social media.”
Femi, who released ‘Sorry Sorry’, a politicallly-laced song in 1998 said he was misquoted about blasting 2Baba when he was concerned about the use of his club without his knowledge.
“Do u think it is right to read a protest is taking off without being informed at the Shrine without my knowledge? & u think Fela wud agree?”
Femi’s grandmother, Fumilayo Kuti and his father, Fela Kuti have a history of political activsm in Nigeria. Seun, Femi’s younger brother who is also an Afrobeats musician is also politically active.
Femi however, said he didn’t like the fact that he had to find out about the ‘proposed’ use of his club as a venue for the protest as he didn’t have prior knowledge from 2Baba of such. Femi also said his sisters’ were not aware of the venue and disclosed nothing happens in the Shrine without his or his sisters’ consent.
“It’s the rule,” he said within one of his tweets.
He also said he did not blast the ‘African Queen’ crooner as alleged by some news reports.
Responding to a fan who claimed he was in the Shrine on Thursday, Femi wrote: “Thank u o
2face is a friend/family of the house I would never Blast him in public. Not my style.”
Also citing concern for his business, Femi tweeted: “I mean I wasn’t informed. It sounds fishy to me. Next, I will hear the Shrine has been closed for disturbances.”
Early on Friday, some reports had said Femi did not support 2face Idibia’s nationwide protest planned for Monday, February 6.
According to the report, Femi said organisers of the 2Baba protest had come to request the use of the Afrika Shrine.
‘I hear say they want to do protest here, they even choose the day Sunday, Sunday is my day,’ he was reportedly quoted.
Femi however, rejected the use of his club as the venue of the protest and said he might have joined if he was convinced the protest was not politically motivated.
“If I was asked I most likely would have accepted if convinced no political motivation like occupy Naija,” he tweeted.