Seun Kuti, the Nigerian singer and son of the famed Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti, is under fire over a 2015 tweet supporting Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and a major Nigerian politician. The April 1 tweet congratulated Tinubu for his part in bringing President Muhammadu Buhari to power. Seun Kuti has now claimed that the post was a prank and that his appreciation for Tinubu does not reflect his current political beliefs.
Many Nigerians have called out Seun Kuti for his apparent contradiction since the tweet has resurfaced on social media. Throughout his career, Seun Kuti has been a strong critic of the Nigerian government and engaged in political action. He has been very critical of President Buhari and his administration, leaving many of his fans and followers puzzled by the post from 2015.
Seun Kuti defended himself on his Instagram account in response to the criticism. He maintained that the tweet was a joke and that he has never ceased fighting for social and political justice in Nigeria. He continued by stating that individuals who posted the tweet were ignorant for failing to recognize it as an April Fool’s Day prank and for not reading it in its entirety.
This illustrates the significance of context and nuance in social media messages. It is vital to understand the context of Seun Kuti’s 2015 tweet, which may appear contradictory at first glance. In this instance, the tweet was posted on April 1, and Seun Kuti has subsequently clarified that it was a joke.
Seun Kuti remains a renowned and important figure on the Nigerian music and political scene despite the controversy. He continues to use his position to bring attention to critical social and political issues and to advocate for change in Nigeria. His dedication to justice and equality has made him a role model for many young Nigerians, and his music continues to inspire and uplift individuals all around the world.