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Fela greater than Wizkid: Twitter debate


The spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died on 2 August 1997, has been trending on Twitter, following comparison between him and Nigeria’s Wizkid.

The immediate trigger for the comparison was the sold-out concert of Wizkid at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with some Wizkid fans jumping to the conclusion that Wizkid must be the greatest musician ever to emerge from Nigeria.

Not so, said many posts on Twitter, most of whom said it was aberrational and outrightly disrespectful to compare Fela with Wizkid. Here are ten tweets on the debate

One post however says that Fela”s greatness belongs to the past and that Wizkid is the new King

Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also professionally known as Fela Kuti and simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick. He died in 1997 at 58.