Fans Criticise Seun Kuti Over Choice Of Daughter’s Name

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s son, Seun Kuti, who recently welcomed a new baby with his girlfriend/ back-up dancer, Yetunde Ademiluyi in December 2013 is under heavy criticism over the choice of his daughter’s name.

A low profile naming ceremony was held for the baby on Saturday, February 8th at his residence in Ikeja, Lagos and Seun’s beautiful daughter was christened ‘Ifafunmike’ which means “A child gotten from a deity”.

This action has not gone down well with many of his fans. A fan who pleaded anonymity said that what Seun did is an indication that there is more to it than meets the eye.

“Why will Seun go ahead and name his new-born baby ‘Ifafunmike’? It is rather absurd and shows that there is a spiritual undertone to the event. It is ungodly. His contemporaries who have been getting married and delivering babies have not done this kind of thing. I am disappointed,” said the fan.

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23 Comments for

“Fans Criticise Seun Kuti Over Choice Of Daughter’s Name”


February 21, 2014 – 9:30 pm

These religious people na wah for una oh! Giving a child a beautiful Yoruba name is becoming an issue. I make bold to say that Ifa in Yorubaland is in the league of those your foreign Arabian and Jewish desert gods. Besides ours are more humane and peaceful



February 22, 2014 – 4:44 am

You cannot be more correct about your statement. We have to start being proud of our Gods moreso as they are more peaceful, are not jealous of other religions, do not demand 10% and have never committed any atrocities to the wider world.



February 22, 2014 – 5:56 pm




February 23, 2014 – 4:51 am

People in other traditions can name their children after religious prophets and people (Isaiah, Abraham, Mohammed, Ruth, Esther, etc.). But suddenly the Yoruba cannot do the same. This stinks of outright discrimination and is just one more attempt by others to eradicate the religious tradition held in high esteem by the Yoruba.
When someone from another tradition can offer advice based on peace, tolerance and hope I’ll listen.



February 23, 2014 – 3:03 am

Kudo to you Seun. Ori Baba e lorun (baba Kuti) a gbe e o. Yoruba a gbe e o. Edumare a gbe e o



February 23, 2014 – 10:17 am

i am ifabunmi tifalase and im proud of you seun kuti, this is the revolution we need to save us from the many years of incaceration,devastation, tribulation and condemnation they brought to us and has manifested into coruption, molestation discrimination,indoctrination,marginilization, who will tell our stories,not even our children cos instead of proverbs we teach them parables,ifa the voice of eledumare, you can onl;y be against it but its a truth dat has lived before us and will leave after us,ifafunmike, so will i name my child too respect my religion and tradition and dont be blind folded in hypocrisy



February 21, 2014 – 9:30 pm

So what?! He can name his daughter whichever way he feels inspired to name his daughter. How is that any different from Anikulapo?


Ayodeji N. Otiti

February 22, 2014 – 1:07 am

There we go again! Nigerians! What is so ungodly in the name of Ifafunmike (Ifa deity has given her to me to foster). Would we have preferred that the baby girl be name Esther; Jane, Rebecca, or Maria? And what is the meaning of those name in the context of Yoruba culture? Ask your neighbours who bear such names of what their meanings are, do not be surprised that they have no clues. Yet, Ifafunmike has a meaning and meanings.

The white man came and told us that he wanted to civilize and bless us and introduced us to the Bible. Bible says, inter alia, that homosexual is not appropriate and it is immoral and severely ungodly. However, we know where we are concerning that issue in our today’s bible-directed world.

You have churches being headed by homosexuasl. Homosexual marriages and unions are conducted inside churches. We are being told that God is love and therefore Jesus loves all- homos and heteros. Invariably, Bible has been discredited. The argument is that at the time the words in the Bible were revealed to those who put it down people never knew that homosexuality could be in-born or natural. Have they forgotten that Bible is prefaced with the word “holy” meaning that everything in it came from the divine inspiration: God’s words. Is God not to be all knowing- how could they say that the God that is all knowing forgot to tell those that HE inspired to write about homosexuality being normal. And the funny thing is that the closest relation to us in the higher animal kingdom- Gorilla- does not have that issue. So, it is orientation or nature?

So what do we make of this religion that became a farce overnight? The Catholic is not helping matter, too- homosexuality rages for millennia while they claimed that they are leashed to the alter of celibacy; and child molestation of horrendous proportion went unabated with the claim of celibacy. Indeed alien Gods are frequently used to justify wronging fellow human beings, particularly those that are weak and proletariat.

Yet, our traditional religions are still vilified as being satanic, unreasonable and…please, give me more of the usual epithets. Though they do not preach man and man, woman and woman, dog/horse and woman things. Who is fooling who here?

In any case, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Abami Eda fun ra e) never believed in all these latter day religions. “If I dey lie o; Edumare punish me o, Ifa go punish me o, Ogun go punish me o” and more are the signs that he never believed or practiced the alien Gods’ religions. He believed and practiced in orisas that caught his fancy. So why are we saying that the son should not do as his father did? Is anything wrong in it.

A lot of things are wrong with us in Nigeria today; and most of them mostly flow from the alien religions we have become experts in and conducting fraudulently and satanically. Boko Haram is an example. The Boko call themselves Muslims and believe that knowledge of book is seen. And if you do not see things their way you are dead as death itself. They kill and maim indiscriminately in the name of their belief. The funny thing is that fellow Muslims are branded as kafir (unbelievers).

However, I am yet to see where the Osun worshippers will go out of his/her way to condemn the Ogun worshippers or the Sango, Sanponna, Obatala, Oya worshippers. An Egungun believers will not tell you that you should not serve igunnu because your salvation can be compromised through the serving of Igunnu deity. But if you are a catholic faith person the Redeem Church goer will tell you that Jesus is absent from your life since you prefer shouting hail Mary, mother of God, every time. The Anglican may tell you that Seventh Day Adventist are no Christians, inclusive of Jehovah Witnesses. Confusion don break the bone! Yeepa!

Seun Kuti should be left alone. Only the heaven knows who will make the paradise. Indians are currently creeping over a billion in number. Chinese are growing faster than the one point two billion people that they are- how many of them are Christians or Muslims? By and large they stick to their traditional beliefs. Great Britain of yore spent close to five hundred years in India, did it succeed in turning Indians against their traditional religions of Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and all. And they are progressing socially, economically and scientifically. Jesus or Muhammed have little or nothing to do with their successes.

In Nigeria we are more Christians that the Christ himself- but where are we? Deep inside abyss of privation, misery and self-inflicted destruction while shouting Jesus is the Lord, Solu Al’ anabi Kareem!

I am not advocating for traditional religions or condemning the alien ones. What I am saying is that we should leave Seun Kuti alone as long as he is a good father, a good man to his girlfriend, and a responsible and contributory man to the greatness of his father land. His conscience and what he deals it in is for him and his creator to decide. Judge not…Ifafunmike is a beautiful name. It is loaded with meanings and only those that are learned concerning genre of life scholarship can appreciate it.



February 22, 2014 – 4:52 am

The fan should encourage bishop Fape and bishop Abegunde to change their names before complaining about Femi’s daughter. And by the way when was the last time the fan saw Femi in a church or mosque.



February 22, 2014 – 4:54 am

The fan should encourage bishop Fape and bishop Abegunde to change their names before complaining about Seun’s daughter. And by the way when was the last time the fan saw Seun in a church or mosque.


Wale Ashiru

February 22, 2014 – 12:31 pm

Thank you for your response. It’s a good food for thought. A river that forgets her root will run dry. Our schools only teach Islam and Christianity therefore we are completely ignorant of our culture and religion. African religions are tolerant and accepting of other religions and I have not known nor read about Sango worshippers attacking Ogun worshippers.

We are not saying stating that one religion is better the other; however, we should develop a culture of tolerance and behave according. Finally, the speed at which some of these igbalode churches (not all) curses and pray for the destruction of the perceived enemies should bother us.



February 22, 2014 – 1:43 am

That is Femi and his family’ s problems. What has gone to do with me and you?



February 22, 2014 – 8:22 am

one man meat is another problem… if femi thinks the name is good for his daughter i don’t see why some body else should be worried

Olawole Famakinwa

February 22, 2014 – 12:54 pm

The English say, what’s in a name. The couple can give their child any name they want. It is no ones business. Ile lawo kat o somoloruko. It is the circumstances of the home and the antecedents of the child that determine the name you give your child. We do not know what’s going on in the Seun Kuti household. The baby will most likely be called Funke.



February 22, 2014 – 3:12 pm

They want to destory our culture, our culture name will never run dry… Ase oooo



February 22, 2014 – 6:18 pm

As Fela the Great would have said “.. man this is pure shit I tell, pure shit from monkey’s ass… weh a dem hated dem own culture, dem own names, and gon wan tek whiteman names. Is Africans weh a gon be paper fuh wipe white man arse? weh a dem deh for Africa? Nonsense….”



February 22, 2014 – 8:40 pm

Africa life is totally run die now, religion is changing our culture and things of our forefther


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February 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm

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Adepoju Olalere

February 24, 2014 – 4:36 pm

Ifa a wo omo naa. Omo idunnu lo maa je. Iwaju l’ojungun ngbe. They are ignorant of Yoruba values and traditions.


Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade

February 26, 2014 – 12:21 pm

E ku Ori re ! Translation of Ifafunmike is not correct! It should be”a child given to mi by -IFA(Orunmila)!” Ifa is not a diety for all of the Orisha are messengers from Olodumare, just as Jesu ati Muhammad are!

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