Why Women Don’t Need MarriageTo Be Fulfilled — Yeni Kuti

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Omoyeni ‘Yeni’ Anikulapo-Kuti, a well-known musician and former dancer, has said that women can be happy and whole without being married.

This information was disclosed by Yeni, the daughter of celebrated Nigerian legend Fela Kuti in an interview with Saturday Beats.

The artist thinks that women nowadays are more self-aware, more autonomous, and aware that marriage is not always necessary for them to feel fulfilled.

She said; “I think women have become more independent and now know who they are. They now know that they don’t have to be married to ‘be somebody’ (fulfilled or complete).

They now know that they are a person in their own right. For me, it is a good thing. Women are now getting married because they want to, not just because they want to be addressed as somebody’s wife.”

Yeni Kuti also spoke about growing up with her late father.

“I did not enjoy any benefits because back then, people used to look down on us because we were Fela’s children”, she said.

On whether she did enjoy the benefits as an adult, she said:

“No, I did not. My father felt sorry for me when I was over 30 years old and bought my sister and me a television. However, I could afford to buy myself a TV then because I was already working.

My father did not spoil children. The best treatment we had them as children were chopper bikes and before we got them, my mum had to speak for us.”


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