Here's one ferocious quote from Afro Beat maestro, Femi Kuti:
"If you ask me, do Nigerians like me? I will never tell you Nigerians don't love me. If you are asking for the reason my music doesn't reach out to more Nigerians, i will tell you it is the press who are supposed to feed and correct people with their own information. But if they like, they confuse the audience. So anywhere I go, they ask me if I am mad. Of course, if they write that I am in a psychiatric hospital in France, if I come back, will Nigerians believe it? Coming from your media, when it goes and they put it on the internet from Nigeria, and I go abroad and they ask me the same questions, is it not bad? If I am not friendly with the press today, is it not part of the problem?A journalist comes - He wants money and I don't give him money or i don't give him enough. He believes he wants to blackmail me or he believes in me giving him money every time to feed him. Is that my job in life? And if I explain my situation to him, he goes and takes a vendetta and brings his other colleagues and they start a clique to ruin my career except I cooperate with them. That's what's called journalism in Nigeria and when they misinform the public and I have to get my own views across, then I have to look for my own press guys who would write a good story. If that is the career of an artiste in this country, then I am sorry for Nigeria."
- Femi Kuti
Femi Kuti is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
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