Yeni Kuti, daughter of the legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has stated that she is happy dancers are now respected. Yeni noted that she was never a member of her father’s band , contrary to what many believe.
According to the energetic dancer: “I am very proud of where dancers have reached today. Back then, when you said you were a dancer, people looked down on you. But today, we have collectively worked to show that dancers deserve their place in society. I am really proud of where dancers are today.
“I was never a member of Fela’s band. I was a foundation member of Femi’s band. I still choreograph and train the dancers. One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt is that hard work pays,” she told Punch.
On how age has slowed her down, she said:“I am glad that people think I’m energetic, though I have slowed down considerably. With age comes aches and pains in different places. However, I wouldn’t trade my age for anything. Age is accompanied by experience, knowledge and the joy of being alive.”