Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, who is nominated for a Grammy, has declared that “Lagos is white man’s land.”

He stated that the majority of Lagos’ wealth and real estate are owned by foreigners, in contrast to the recent trend of several Nigerian ethnic groups claiming ownership of the city.

The son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti bemoaned that “foreigners” are running Lagos’s economy and that of Nigerians in general.


Kuti mentioned the following during a recent Instagram live session with fans:

Why are you guys shouting, ‘Lagos is Igbo land, Lagos is Yoruba land?’ Lagos is a white man’s land. Go to the Ministry of Land in Lagos and see how many percent of land in Lagos Yoruba people own.

“The whole of Nigeria, look at your oil industry, who is controlling it? It’s the whites. They hide it in plain sight. Eko Hotel, is the most expensive real estate in the whole of Lagos, who owns it? Is it you? Now, Eko Atlantic is an extension of Eko Hotel, owned by the same foreigners.”