Felabration: Fela’s clarity of purpose attracted me – 79-year-old ex-manager

October 12, 2021

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Mr Rikki Stein, ex-manager of the late afro-beat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, on Tuesday said he was attracted to the musician because he resolved to fight for the rights of the common man.

Stein, who worked with Fela for 15 years, disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview in Lagos. Stein, aged 79, flew in from London to celebrate the life and times of Anikulapo-Kuti at the ongoing Felabration.

He said that the late legendary musician had virtues he admired, listing them to include courage, truthfulness, bluntness and genuine love for the common man.

Stein urged Nigerians and Africans generally to uphold the virtues to live peacefully and achieve greatness.

“The late Fela had clarity of purpose to fight for the rights of the common man selflessly. I advise Nigerians to emulate such virtues which will help individuals to achieve greatness,” he said.

Stein commended the sponsors of Felabration. He said that the late musician deserved to be celebrated, describing him as a human rights fighter, who used music to correct societal ills.

He urged Nigerian youths to explore Anikulapo’s music and draw inspiration from it to effect positive changes in society.

“I am 79-year-old now, I look forward to a great Nigeria and Africa before I die; this is what Fela wanted to achieve,” he said.

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