Yeni Kuti Speaks About Daughter & Women In Power


Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s daughter, Yeni Kuti has told
Tribune Newspaper why she has prayed to God several times to stay alive, and
the only one thing she will never take from a man- laziness. According to her,
she can tolerate a man who cheats, but a lazy man can never be tolerated. Continue

How has life been as a single mom?
You know it’s a different feeling altogether. I was
travelling in a plane, and the plane began malfunctioning. My first thought as
a woman was ‘who will take care of my daughter if anything should happen to
me?’ I was praying to my Creator to preserve my life because of her.
I used to smoke, but when my daughter gained admission into
the university, I told myself, ‘you might die before this girl graduates, who
will pay her tuition?’ That was the only motivation I needed to stop because I
knew that I must see her through university. And when she graduated, I did not
see the need to continue smoking.
So what could cause misunderstanding between yourself and
your man?
I hate lazy men a lot. But the African society has put women
at the receiving end one too many times. For instance, if a woman doesn’t give
birth, all eyes will be on her, while no one will even point a finger at the
man, and it might be the man who is sterile, while the woman is very fertile. I
think we women need to fight for our rights more.
There are lots of women leaders who are in the Senate, House
of Representatives, but they are just jollofing and not fighting for women’s
rights. I still remember when I was refused the opportunity of buying a gun, I
wasn’t happy when they said women couldn’t buy guns. I began to ask myself;
what are women in government doing? If I was at the House of Representatives,
women’s rights would be my main focus.
When a man is corrupt, I can understand it, but when a woman
is corrupt, I cannot tolerate it because we are the mothers, we are the ones to
set the pace. I believe women are the higher being. The man brings home the
money, but we are the one to bring up the children. But when the man doesn’t
bring home the “backery” he is a useless and lazy man. He should be made to go
and work.
I’m not saying women shouldn’t work, but it should be a
matter of choice, that is if she can cope with asking her husband for
everything she wants to buy. Then it is her choice.

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