“If I Wanted To Win A Grammy, I Would Have Won It A Long Time Ago” – Femi Akuti


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Four time Grammy Awards nominee, Femi Kuti in a recent interview with TheNET spoke about his music career and how he is not too interested in winning the prestigious Grammy Award despite been nominated four times in the World Music category.

According to the Afrobeat genius he said he is more interested in the message he is trying to pass across to make Nigeria a better place like the West. Read what he said in his interview with TheNET below.

‘It’s not my objective, it has never been my objective to win an award, my career was never based on setting out to win awards, it’s always been about what I’m singing about. So if you ask me what is most important in my career, it’ll be that Nigeria has good electricity, good healthcare, good education for our people that hopefully in my lifetime we’ll be able to drive from Lagos to Nairobi (Kenya), we have good train networks like they have in Europe and America. These are more important than any award I can possibly win’.

The singer continues saying:

‘Now imagine I win an award and the lyrics of my songs still remain depressive, of what significance is that award to the poverty level of my people, is it going to put food on the table for my people. I think If I really wanted to win a Grammy and I set my mind there, I would have won it a long time ago, it’s very political, it’s about participating, lobbying , going there and all that. But I think I’ve already proven in my career that I can do it, I won the first most important award in Africa, the KORA award, and when I won it I felt very empty, I came back to Lagos and there was no light in my house, there was still poverty everywhere. Right now, I stay in Alagbole, there’s a bridge they’ve been building there for over six years, we haven’t had electricity in that area for one month now. So I’ll rather not win any award and see smiles on everyone’s face.’


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