Grammy-nominated Nigerian musician Femi Kuti has revealed that school was “depressing” for him because he is the son of the late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
The multi-instrumentalist said some teachers and fellow students attempted to bully and shame him over his father’s excesses, but he refused to be bullied.
He disclosed this in an interview with popular media personality Chude Jideonwo.
He said, “School was a very depressing time for me because you've got teachers that liked him [my dad, Fela] and teachers that didn’t like him. So, if I got into trouble with a teacher who didn’t like him, that teacher would just beat me because he didn’t like my father. I later came to realize that they had a vendetta against my father.
“Don’t forget, the elite’s children were in the school. So, you have the rich children in the same school, and they didn’t like me because I was Fela’s son. They would say, ‘your father smokes igbo [Indian hemp], your father is pants.’ And I would reply, ‘your father too is a slave.’
“My mouth was like a razor blade. If you abuse my father, by the time I abuse you, you will cry.”