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Black excellence is a futile effort to combat victimhood – Seun Kuti

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Seun Kuti, Nigerian singer and youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, has expressed his view about black excellence which as he would express it, “is engaging in a noble but futile effort to combat victimhood“.

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According to Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti, black excellence has a fatal flaw of “irresponsibility” as excellent blacks forget that not all Africans can be excellent.

Seun Kuti who further disclosed that the “ideology is basically African people trying to outwhite the whites”, wondered if Africans must strive for perfection and excellence before being respected as humans.

The musician, Seun Kuti wrote on his Instagram page;

“Black excellence is vibrant, artistic athletic, intelligent, beautiful but it’s fatal flaw? It’s IRRESPONSIBLE!!! The excellent blacks forget not all Africans can be excellent and if our humanity is suddenly pegged at excellent and perfect what happens to all of us who don’t fit into this category. Most Africans are normal, we can’t jump or run fast. We can’t sing and dance or make beautiful clothes. We are just normal people. I don’t get it?

“Are we saying the entire African people must strive for perfection and excellence before we are respected as humans? Moreover many of the images I see promoting this ideology is basically African people trying to ‘outwhite the whites’!! And many of them have white peoples name sprawled all over them and they say it’s a brand and I’m like yea, that’s what they called it when they burnt it into the skin of your ancestors also, 200 years later and u are branding urself in the name of success.”

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Michael Ace (Dace) is a Writer, Blogger, Digital Marketer and a graduate of Computer Science from The Polytechnic, Ibadan and National Open University of Nigeria. A health blogger at Ideal Health NG and editor, book publisher at ACEworld Publishers. He has worked with Gistreel.com, Evans Brothers Nig Publishers, Jericho, Ibadan, Contract writer at Opera News. His articles have appeared on Ynaija, his review on South African Diaspora, and creative works on African Writer, Praxis Magazine, Barren Magazine, Lunaris Review, Kalahari Review, Jacar Press, Agbowo, Wildsound Review, and a lot more. Reach him on Twitter @AncestorAce, Facebook @Micheal Ace, Instagram @ancestorace. You can as well send him a mail at poetmichealace@gmail.com.

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