Nigerians have continued to react to the back and forth between popular Nigerian musician and Internet personality, Peter Okoye, and his colleague in the industry, Seun Kuti, over the support of the presidential candidates in the 2023 election.
Remember that Seun Kuti is the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who in his recent interview with TheMicOnPodcast described the presidential candidate of the Labor Party, LP, Peter Obi, as an opportunist. He emphasized that no politician can save the country except Nigerians themselves.
Describing how Peter Obi is an opportunist who switched to the “socialist party, after he won the People’s Democratic Party, PDP primaries,” Seun said Obi is the only internet chairman whose election is starting. and limited to social networks.
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Responding to this, Peter Okoye, who is a staunch supporter of Obi, in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, criticized Seun, denying his comments against the LP contender.
He said, “Man, shut up. So disappointed. Dude deleted his father’s story. You say that only Nigerians can save Nigeria, are PO and other aspirants not Nigerians? Shame shame shame (sic).
Proud of his achievements, Peter said, “My late father was a nobody, but today everyone knows the Okoye people. Dude, try removing “KUTI” from your name, let me see if it matters. Stay in this local temple as people like us and others continue to thrive all over the world. You can’t shame the man. You don’t have a music career before. All you do is brag about your family history.
Teaching his nephew, Made Kuti in the movie, Pita told Seun to learn from him (Made) because he directs well and is clean.
However, it is not good for Made Kuti, as he responded to Peter Okoye to remove his name from his mouth.
Throwing a shade at Peter on Twitter, Made said: “Good afternoon, Please do not use me as a tool to slight, badmouth or insult my Uncle. I’m not sure how we are perceived so I should clarify we stay united as a family and we intend on keeping it that way. Thank you.”
Some concerned Nigerians, particularly entertainers who waded into the matter, said there was no need for the fight.
Reacting to this, popular Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth in a trending tweet on social media, said: “If our fathers never existed, we won’t be here. Nobody is self made.”
Singer Brymo in a post on his Twitter handle berated Peter Okoye for asking their colleague, Seun Kuti, to remove ‘Kuti’ from his name just to test his relevance. He opined that Peter should have deleted the post.
Controversial singer, Portable in a video shared on his Instagram page, said that Peter Okoye’s family is still alive but is out of the limelight.
“I heard that you were insulting Fela Kuti’s family.You wey be say you and your family still dey alive, una no blow again,” he wrote.
David Hundeyin tweeted: “Peter Obi has already crossed the rubicon, so all this ‘they’re all the same’ and ‘none of them is a saint’ talk is a waste of Seun Kuti’s time. It has zero impact at this point except to piss people off. The time for all this chat was like a year ago. Far too late now.” (sic)
Popular social media commentator, Daniel Regha berated Peter Okoye over his claims that Seun Kuti would be insignificant without his legendary Afrobeat father’s name.
“Peter Okoye is silly for trying to berate a fellow artiste, he’s nowhere near Kuti’s level. It’s OK to disagree, but do it respectfully & lead by example,” he tweeted.
Taking to the comment section, one Lazarus Chiegene said: “Without Fela Kuti the only Seun we know works with Channels. But name Psquare Father, do you know him? Psquare are self made in the music industry.”
Also reacting to the ongoing drama, Kemi Olunloyo said being a Grammy nominee living in the trenches beats living in mansions with no Grammy nominations, as she urged Peter Okoye to apologise to the Kutis for the disrespectful comment to Fela’s shrine and his legacy.
Undoubtedly, the forthcoming presidential election has since divided Nigeria’s entertainment industry into different camps as they project their preferred candidates.
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