Birthday Shout! Celebrating Femi Kuti, Jude Ighalo

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate Nigerian personalities this day June 16

Femi Kuti

Son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti and grandchild of a political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Femi’s musical career began when he started playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80. In 1986, Femi moved on to start his own band, Positive Force, establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy.

His first record was released in 1995 by Tabu/Motown, followed four years later by Shoki Shoki (MCA), which garnered widespread critical acclaim.  In 2004 he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. After a 4-year absence due to personal setbacks, he re-emerged in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, for which he received two Grammy nominations.

In 2012 he was both inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame (the most prestigious music awards in Nigeria) and became an Ambassador for Amnesty International.[3] He continues to expand the diversity of his artistry on his new album (2013) No Place for My Dream. Femi Kuti was a judge on Nigeria’s huge TV show Nigerian Idol Season

Femi whose international career began in 1988 started playing the Saxophone at age 15 and he eventually became a member of his father’s band.

Femi has been nominated for a Grammy award four times in the world music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 but has never won.

He turns 54 today!

Jude Ighalo

Nigerian professional football player Ighalo was born 16 June 1989 in Lagos but raised in Edo, he plays for English club Watford and the Nigerian national team as a striker.

After starting his career at Prime and Julius Berger, he moved to Norway’s Lyn in 2007. A year later he was signed by Udinese, spending most of his tenure loaned out, notably at Granada, before signing for Watford in 2014.

Ighalo made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015.

Ighalo played in his country with Prime F.C. and Julius Berger FC, where he was discovered by FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman who recommended him to Atta Aneke, being subsequently taken on trial by Norway’s Lyn Fotball.

He made his Tippeligaen debut on 16 September 2007 at the age of just 18 and subsequently arose interest from other clubs in the country.

He turns 27 today.

He is happily married to Sonia, the couple have three children.

Here’s wishing them a Happy birthday!

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