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'Creative youths can develop Nigeria'

21 October 2014, 14:24

Lagos -  Yeni Kuti, a cultural ambassador and daughter of legendary Afrobeat musician,Fela Anikulapo-Kuti,on Saturday urged the nation’s youths to delve into their creative talents to earn a living.

Kuti made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at the New African Shrine, venue of the 2014 Felabration Festival.

She said that the nation could develop further if its budding youths could apply their creative talents to generate employment opportunities for themselves.

"Nigerians should not depend on the government alone, but must try and identify their talents and harness them for a living.Government cannot do it all. Government can only do the little they can do. God endowed every human being with his or her talent, gift and creativity. Therefore, individuals should harness their talents to develop the nation,’’she said.

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Kuti added that the only way the country could develop the way it should was for the citizenry to change their ways and strive to do the right thing at all times to enhance the profile of the nation.

"We blame the leaders but the average Nigerian too is not doing what he is supposed to do.We should not support any government that is not doing the right thing. We should learn how to agitate for meaningful change and national development.

"With all these, we will make a change and Nigeria will turn out to be one of the best countries in the world", the cultural ambassador added.

The eldest child of the late Anikulapo-Kuti, who died in 1997, urged the nation’s leaders to focus on infrastructural development, and put the love of the citizens at heart.

"The leaders cannot be successful unless they get the full cooperation of the citizens. The government should, therefore, create the enabling environment for national development by supporting creativity, culture and talent,’’she said.

The 2014 Felabration Festival was a weeklong programme to celebrate the life and times of Anikulapo-Kuti who took the music world by storm through his Afrobeat.


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