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We Do Not Involve Fela’s Music In Any Political Campaign – Fela’s Family Reacts To The Use Of His Song By APC

The late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s family has denied supporting any presidential candidate in the 2023 elections or permitting the use of the Afrobeats icon’s song for political advertising.

This announcement is coming just days after Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile,” was featured at one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s campaign activities for the 2023 presidential election

An act which had begun a rumour that the Kuti family was endorsing the APC in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, which had in turn led to several reactions online from Nigerians.

       

In reaction to these rumours, Femi Kuti, in a statement on his Instagram page on Monday, 28th November, said the Kuti family did not approve of the APC’s action, adding that they had always been apolitical.

His post reads: “Disclaimer and notice of use without consent. 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 Progressives 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. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti,” he added.

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