Seun Kuti, the Nigerian Afrobeat singer and son of famed musician Fela Kuti, has created controversy with his recent remarks that Lagos State belongs to the Portuguese.
In light of the upcoming gubernatorial elections, the ownership of Lagos has been the subject of heated dispute for many years. Several parties have staked out opposing positions.
Nonetheless, Kuti’s claim that Lagos belongs to the Portuguese in its entirety has drawn considerable interest.
Seun Kuti recently asserted that Lagos belonged to the Portuguese because they were the first Europeans to enter the region in a series of Instagram posts.
He maintained that because the Portuguese had built a trade centre there before other Europeans came, they had a legal claim to the area.
The singer justifies his assertion by pointing out that the Portuguese gave Lagos its name. He claimed that whoever names something or someone owns it.
“Lagos is no man’s land – wrong. Lagos is yoruba land – wrong again. Lagos is a European satellite slave port – correct!! you don’t know Lagos!! Hey, ode look here, Lagos is a Portuguese word. It is called the slave coast. Learn your history, you no go gree. Everyone moved to Lagos to slave!! All prominent Lagos elites are slavers. Defend your masters all you want!! Why Ibadan no get Portuguese name? Wetin be the french name of Oshogbo? He who names it owns it,” he opined.