A statement against the use of the Afrobeats crooner’s song in any political campaign has been released by the family of the late Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti. Fela’s well-known song “Eko Ile” was used by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in one of its 2023 presidential campaigning events.
Nigerians were very divided about the action since they had assumed that the Kuti family was supporting the APC. APC’s move was not approved by the Kuti family, according to Femi Kuti, who responded via his verified social media pages. He also noted that the Kuti family has always been politically unaffiliated.
At Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State, Tinubu and the APC presidential campaign council staged a rally on Saturday. Tinubu utilized the well-known Fela song “Eko Ile” in a video recap of the event posted to Twitter.
Thank You Lagos
— Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@officialABAT) November 27, 2022
Speaking during the gathering, Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, stated that if elected president, he would build a progressive administration that would make significant investments in infrastructure, education, health, and job creation.
President Muhammadu Buhari was commended by Tinubu for his dedication to the growth of Nigeria and Lagos State. The APC and Tinubu have not yet responded to the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family’s disclaimer.