Seun Kuti, an Afrobeats musician, has provided a fresh viewpoint on how Nigerian politicians are viewed by the general populace.
He asserted that many of the people who disparage well-known people like President Bola Ahmed Tinubu would actually respect them if they had the chance to get to know them.
These ideas were expressed by Seun Kuti on a recent episode of The Honest Bunch Podcast, in which he also appeared as a guest.
Seun discussed his upbringing as the son of the renowned Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, drawing on his own experiences.
Seun said in the podcast that he used to wonder why so many people seemed to have negative feelings against his father even if they thought of him as a “cool guy.”
As he explains his misunderstandings, he said, “Growing up in Nigeria as his son, I can’t even fit into my girlfriend’s father’s house. “I will be wondering what made people not like my father?
“But I know my dad; he’s a nice person” he continued. So why does nobody like this person, exactly, People would exclaim, “Oh! He’s Fela’s son!” wherever I went. I am familiar with hardship too.
Then, Seun Kuti compared his father’s experiences to those of modern politicians.
He asserted that individuals who today criticize leaders like Tinubu might quickly alter their views if they were given access to them or their families, particularly for financial reasons.