Onyeka Onwenu Tells How She Turned Down Fela Kuti

Nigerian legendary singer, Onyeka Onwenu has revealed her memory of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti.

She also told how she turned a marriage proposal from the legendary Fela Kuti.

Onyeka Onwenu made this known in her latest autobiography, ‘My Father’s Daughter’ read more.

According to the veteran singer, she rejected Fela’s proposal because she has many wives and she is a possessive lover.

Fela With Wives
Fela with wives

She stated that she had visited Fela in his Kalakuta club in Ikeja, Lagos, which was the second time of meeting the styled ‘Abami Eda’.

Fela had just been released from the prison at that time attempting to travel with his band for a gig in London with the sum of 1,600 pounds for their hotel accommodation.

At the time, carrying any amount of foreign currency was against one of the many decrees promulgated by the Buhari/Idiagbon military junta.

Onyeka Onwenu On Turning Down Fela’s Marriage Proposal

She wrote, “After he was released from prison, Fela sent a mutual friend, the journalist Onuorah Udenwa who is now a US-based pastor, to bring me to his club. I thought that he probably wanted to thank me for speaking up for him, but that was not it.

He never even mentioned the article I had written in solidarity with him. Fela wanted to marry me and I was flattered. I thanked him for the honour of wanting me to become his consort but I turned him down all the same.” she added.

Onyeka Onwenu also recounted how Fela queens (dancer-wives) looked at her with scorn and then whispered.

This made her inform the afrobeat legend and tell him she’s a possessive lover which got Fela laughing.

The legendary ‘Father of Afrobeat’, Fela died on the 3rd of August, 1997 from complications related to AIDS has announced by his brother, Dr. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti.

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