On Sunday, June 5, 2022, it was a thrilling night at the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos, when afrobeat musician Femi Kuti and his son, Made, performed together.
A highlight was when Femi Kuti’s sister, Yeni, presented the singer with a birthday cake and a golden Selmer saxaphone, which is said to be one of the most expensive saxophones in the world, on behalf of the Kuti family.
On June 16, 2022, Femi Kuti will turn 60. Yeni also begged her brother to’retire’ his old saxaphone, which she claimed he had used for 23 years.
Femi Kuti, clearly pleased with the gift, stated, “It’s better than (winning) a Grammy Award.”
As far as I’m concerned, (this is) the true award from my colleagues to recognise my four decades in the industry.”
The night began with a performance by a singer named Olusegun and his band. Following that, Made took the stage.
Following his opening performance, the singer sang a song in memory of Deborah Samuel, a late student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto who was lynched for alleged blasphemy.
Made went on to delight his adoring fans with the lead single, ‘Free Your Mind,’ from his debut album, ‘Foreword.’
In a romantic twist, the singer’s girlfriend, Inedoye Onyenso, joined him on stage and danced energetically.
As they danced together, the actress and scriptwriter provided moral support for her man.
After his performance, Made thanked his aunty, Yeni, his father, Femi, and mother, Funke, as well as others who had supported him.
Following his son’s performance, Femi took the stage.
He not only performed some of his hit songs, but he also played several instruments, including a saxaphone and normal and classical keyboards.
His acrobatic dance moves were also well received by the appreciative audience.
The musician also used the opportunity to express his outrage over the killing of churchgoers in Owo, Ondo State.
“It is critical not to forget what has happened in this country, and it happened again today in Owo, Ondo State,” he said.
More people have been killed, and the government will once again tell us, ‘We will look for them.’
We’ll find them.’
“They are constantly looking for ‘them’ and attempting to locate ‘them.’
The government lies, but I want you to know that this shrine has been in operation for 22 years.”
“Let’s enjoy tonight because it is one of the most important nights of my life, to see my son ascend to greatness,” Femi told the audience.
Femi’s children joined him on stage and choreographed with him, which was a memorable moment on the night.
Kunle Afolayan, actor and producer, Omobaba, comedian, and dancer Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe Africa were among those in attendance.