The Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti has been given the title of Knighthood. Chevalier de l’Ordre d’Arts et Lettres, which capacity “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters,” is an honorary title that the French government gave to the singer of “Sorry Sorry” over the weekend. The honor was once given to the artist who was nominated for a Grammy at an Afrobeat show known as Rebellion Afrobeat in Paris, France.
During his speech of thanks, Kuti thanked the people who put on the event and requested world leaders and the French government to alternate policies that damage Africa and the countries that stay there.
“Thank you very much, I truly appreciate this recognition and the involvement of the French cultural system from the start of my career, at a point when many people did not accept my path as a musician. I think France gave me the chance to express myself through music and, as a pan-Africanist, understood my political views through music before giving me this honor.
“Africa must be free to express itself completely and to sit with partners to build a unified world of Justice, love, and peace. The world is at a critical point as we see more wars, more riots, poverty, climate change, and the migrant crisis, of which I ask you to continue to rescue at sea with the greatest humanity. If Africa is allowed the full opportunity to build its home, and African leaders make the welfare of our people a priority, Africa would be at the forefront of development alongside the large powers on our planet. For this to happen, France and the entire world must change policies that aren’t favorable to Africa and its nations,: he said.
Source: Opera News