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Veteran Nigerian singer Onyeka Onwenu reveals why she rejected Fela’s proposal

Veteran Nigerian singer Onyeka Onwenu reveals why she rejected Fela's proposal
Veteran Nigerian singer Onyeka Onwenu reveals why she rejected Fela's proposal

Veteran Nigerian singer, Onyeka Onwenu has revealed that Music legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti approached her for marriage within the eighties.

Onyeka revealed this in her new autobiography, titled My Father’s Daughter.

She, however, said she rejected Fela’s proposal during her visit to his club due to his other wives.

According to her, she may be a possessive lover and didn’t understand Fela’s love for ladies .

Narrating how Fela proposed marriage, Onyeka wrote: “The second time I saw Fela was in 1984, a couple of years after I had returned from the us . He had just been released from jail.

“He was arrested for attempting to travel together with his band for a gig in London with the sum of 1,600 pounds for his or her hotel accommodation. At the time, carrying any amount of foreign currency was against one among the various decrees promulgated by the Buhari/Idiagbon junta .

“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 assumed that he probably wanted to thank me for speaking up for him, but that wasn’t it.

“He never even mentioned the article I had written in solidarity with him. Fela wanted to marry me, and that i was flattered. I thanked him for the honour of wanting me to become his consort, but I turned him down all an equivalent .”

The music legend added that while she waited at the club to ascertain him, she noticed that his Queen (dancer-wives) had been watching her with scorn.

“They gone by often, whispering comments about me. They were downright hostile and quite obvious about it.

“I pointed this bent him and told him that i used to be a possessive lover and wouldn’t be ready to cope as an appendage to his harem but Fela laughed.”

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