Femi Kuti, the son of legendary Nigerian singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti has revealed that the family of the late singer did not approve of the use of his song Eko Ile for the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress.
Making this disclosure in a statement made available on social media, Femi Kuti said his family does not approve of the use of Fela’s song for any political rally
“We the Administrators of The ESTATE OF Fela Anikulapo-Kuti ISSUE THIS DISCLAIMER. WE wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the Estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music EKO ILE, IN THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN CURRENTLY MAKING THE ROUNDS. We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign AT HOME OR ABROAD and choose to remain neutral. WHILE We wish all candidates the best WE DEMAND THAT THE LAWS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ARE ABIDED BY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE DULY RESPECTED,” the statement released by Femi Kuti read.
The ruling All Progressives Congress shut down Lagos over the weekend as the former governor and presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu staged a presidential rally in the state.
However, the presidential candidate used Fela’s song ‘Eko Ile’ during the campaign, which has earned the renowned singer’s family a lot of flak.
Thank You Lagos
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— Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@officialABAT) November 27, 2022