While the Fela Kuti musical is in its last weeks on Broadway (BTW, you’re NUTS if you haven’t gone to see it. Use this discount code at checkout for srsly cheap tix: FEKNF77), his son Seun Kuti, currently on tour, takes up his father’s political charge. Watch above (and see below) as Seun points out how Nigeria’s rulers and our Wall Street-influenced government are not too dissimilar.

They control us with poverty and hunger. That is African control. If you don’t have money in your pocket and you’re hungry, you have to take some shit from your boss so you do not die. But here in the West they control you with something known as debt…So they give you this credit so you think you got some shit, and you go into the world and you spend this shit, then you realize – you ain’t got to shit man! So you got to take some shit from your boss to pay your credit! Same thing, different packaging.

And Baba Ani, who played with Fela from 1965 until his death in 1997 with Egypt 80 and who now plays with Seun, brings the point home: “Whether in Africa or Europe or America, the people should rise up to demands our rights. They should know the rulers for what they are.”

Amen, brother.


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5 Replies to "Why Nigeria and the US Are Both Corrupt: Seun Kuti Explains"
July 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Well said! Like father, like son. Seun Kuti is real son of his father Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Everything Fela said up until his death bed is happening today, and will continue unless we human change our ways. It’s a deep issues, the gap between the people that have nothing and the people that have it all – Baoku

July 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Frnds, we can’t imagine a kettle calling a stove black.

Yakubu Abubakar says:
July 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

That’s the bitter truth. Let’s all rise irrespective of ethnicity,region, or religion. Our leaders r nothing bt rogues and arm robbers. 1 luv

Godwyns O says:
August 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Seun did not sound so much like his dad. Fela was a genius and did not spend a lot of his energy blaming foreign countries because that is foolish. Blaming the West or others for a problem in our own ‘domot’ adds to the fraud and continues to encourage mismanagement. African governments are corrupt; its not America’s fault [FULLSTOP!]

    rtoriq says:
    August 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    The hell? He was putting blame on anyone for Africa’s poverty; he speaking on an INDIVIDUAL basis; that just like the African’s man submitting to the wills of corrupt governments is controlled by hunger and poverty, the American man’s actions and freedoms are controlled by “credit” and debt, so how power plays out in these respective countries are not too different from each other.

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