Femi Kuti,the eldest son of Fela, Afrobeat maestro has said that he and his siblings grew up as distressed children seeing their father being beaten by security operatives on numerous occasions.
The musician spoke of his experience as son of the late music icon when he featured on ‘How Far with Sheila O,’ a show on HipTV.
Shedding life on the life of the late singer, Femi said he has no regret being his child despite the challenges that he experienced.
“I would say I have no regret being his son. I can’t imagine being a son to anybody else. He has had his ups and downs of course,” he said.
“I always tell my elder sister that whether we like it or not we are traumatised children to see our father beaten so many times when we were young, in our very early teens.
“The first raid was in 1974 when he was brutally beaten, I was 12 then. This continued and he was locked up many so times before the burning of the house.”
Femi noted that it is unfortunate that the country has yet to make significant progress leaving several of its citizens traumatised in the process.
“I know that we’re traumatised children and then of course the problem of Nigeria, I think we’re all traumatised in the country. Maybe we should called it a traumatized nation,” he added.