The Afrobeat Star, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, the scion of the legendary Ransome-Kuti family, has intensified the mobilisation of NIgerian activists and youths for political leadership under a mass-oriented political party, Movement of the People (MOP).
To this end, Seun, one of the sons of the late Afrobeat King, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, last Saturday in Lagos, hosted the launch of POWER MIC CHALLENGE, an innovation he conceptualised to bridge the communication gap between two groups of Nigerian youths, the professional youths, identified as ‘Youth 1’, and the artisan group, termed ‘Youth 2’.
The event, which attracted several media practitioners, especially those covering entertainment and politics, as well as a cross section of youths and activists, was powered by the Naija Resistance Movement (NRM), made up of thousands of activists under his leadership and Movement of The People (MOP), a fledgling political organisation seeking recognition as one of the nation’s political parties.
Speaking at the occasion, which also attracted several of his colleagues from the entertainment (movie and music) industry, human rights activists and student unionists, among others, Seun Kuti posited that he created POWER MIC with a view to achieve dialogue, solidarity and action from the people.
According to him, his outfit would empower the oppressed Nigerians with a community grassroots voice with which they could consistently speak truth to power, by way of them saying what they need to say clearly, as regards how they are being led. And by this, create solidarity among the oppressed.
The POWER MIC, he added, would take the message of liberation to the people and get them to gain the political education they need to engage positively as well as organise themselves to become politically aware and active citizens that participates in governance processes within the confines of the law as much as possible.
Seun said: “If you are asking to know how we intend to achieve this, the answer is very simple. We are prepared to go to the people, knowing full well that the oppressor does this only for election purposes. We will go to all the communities and in a few months, open up the campaign to the generality of Nigerian people through THEPOWER MIC CHALLENGE.”
He added: “If you cast your mind back to the #ENDSARS 1&2, you will get to know why POWER MIC is the Netflix of protests in Nigeria.”