Popular Veteran Nigerian actress and musician Onyeka Onwenu has opened up on why she refused to marry legendary music god Fela Kuti in the 80s.
In the autobiography titled “My Father’s Daughter”, actress Onyeka disclosed that she turned down Fela Kuti’s marriage proposal after she visited him at his club and saw the numerous wives he had. She also disclosed that she did not comprehend Fela’s polygamous lifestyle because she believes that when a person loves another, they stick to them only.
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Narrating how Fela proposed marriage, Onyeka wrote:
“The second time I saw Fela was in 1984, a few years after I had returned from the United States. He had just been released from jail.”
“He was arrested for attempting to travel with his band for a gig in London with the sum of 1,600 pounds for their hotel accommodation. At the time, carrying any amount of foreign currency was against one of the many decrees promulgated by the Buhari/Idiagbon military junta.”
“After he was released from prison, Fela sent a mutual friend, the journalist Onuorah Udenwa who is now a US-based pastor, to bring me to his club. I thought that he probably wanted to thank me for speaking up for him, but that was not it.”
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Onyeka, whose two sons, Abraham and Tijani bear the last Ogunlende, said that she didn’t like the way some of Fela’s women were looking at her.
“They passed by often, whispering comments about me. They were downright hostile and quite obvious about it. I pointed this out to him and told him that I was a possessive lover and would not be able to cope as an appendage to his harem but Fela laughed.”