Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti has stirred controversy by asserting that Lagos, the economic hub of Nigeria, is a white man’s land. Responding to recent claims by the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, that the Benin Kingdom founded Lagos, Seun Kuti shared his perspective during an Instagram live session.
Contrary to the assertions of various ethnic groups claiming ownership of Lagos, Kuti emphasized that the true owners of the city are foreigners who control a significant portion of its real estate and wealth. He drew attention to the dominance of foreigners in the Nigerian economy, particularly in sectors like oil.
“Why are you guys shouting, ‘Lagos is Igbo land, Lagos is Yoruba land?’ Lagos is a white man’s land,” Kuti exclaimed. He urged people to examine the ownership of prime real estate in Lagos, emphasizing that foreigners hold considerable influence.
Kuti pointed out specific examples, highlighting Eko Hotel and Eko Atlantic as properties owned by foreigners. He encouraged Nigerians to scrutinize the allocation of land and economic assets, asserting that the true controllers are not necessarily indigenous to the region.