Femi Kuti Opens Up About Challenging School Days and Defending Fela’s Legacy

Femi Kuti Opens Up About Challenging School Days and Defending Fela’s Legacy

…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media. Renowned Nigerian musician, Femi Kuti, recently shared candid insights into his school experiences, revealing that his late father, the iconic Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, made his education a challenging and sometimes depressing journey.


In an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Femi Kuti opened up about the bullying and shaming he faced from certain teachers and fellow students due to his father’s controversial reputation.

School Days Marred by Bullying:

Femi Kuti disclosed that he endured instances of bullying and humiliation at the hands of both teachers and classmates who sought to target him because of his father’s character.

Despite facing this adversity, he refused to be intimidated and stood his ground.


Taunts from Wealthy Peers:

The talented multi-instrumentalist also revealed that some wealthy students would taunt him solely because of his father’s legacy.

These peers would belittle him and use derogatory remarks, referencing his father’s alleged drug use and unconventional lifestyle.

However, Femi Kuti did not hesitate to respond, defending his father’s honor.

Depressing Realization and Vendetta:

Reflecting on his school days, Femi Kuti expressed that it was a deeply depressing period for him.

He discovered that some teachers held personal grudges against his father, resulting in unjust treatment towards him.


The presence of elite students in the same school further exacerbated the situation, as they harbored prejudice against him based on his lineage.

Sharp Words as Defense:

Femi Kuti’s sharp wit became his weapon against those who sought to disrespect his father’s memory.

He admitted that his tongue was like a razor blade, ready to retaliate when provoked.

Whenever someone insulted his father, he would respond in kind, often leaving his detractors in tears.


Femi Kuti’s revelations shed light on the challenges he faced during his school years, where he had to confront bullying and discrimination due to his father’s status as an iconic figure.


Despite the adversity, he refused to back down and fiercely defended his father’s reputation.

His experiences serve as a testament to the resilience and strength he developed, shaping him into the influential musician he is today.

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