Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti speaks on her ex-husband’s death
Ms. Yeni Anikulapo Kuti, former wife of late Femi Segun, who was privy to the ace compere’s last few days on earth, has finally spoken.
Speaking with pressmen, she revealed that she was the arrowhead of the team that battled to save his life while he was taken to different hospitals in Lagos.
She narrated the incident thus:
“I feel like crying. I got a call from one of my cousins that Femi had an accident. I thought it was a joke and then I put a call to his wife, Bisi. She told me it was true that the accident was inside the estate near their house and he had been taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island, Lagos. I rushed from Kalakuta Museum, Ikeja, Lagos, straight to St. Nicholas Hospital, and for three days we did series of tests and scans, where it was ascertained that his spinal cord had been broken. From St. Nicholas, we moved him to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos.
His condition had been critical then. Even at that, he would say, ‘I will be fine,’ that we shouldn’t panic. He was on pain killers. His back was broken. He had severe injuries. On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, when I saw him again, I became worried. The doctor gave us 50-50 chance. However, if he would have survived it would be 80-20 chance. At that point, I decided to call my daughter in the United Kingdom.
”Then came Friday, while I was in the studio, my phones started ringing. I knew something terrible had happened. I rushed to the hospital immediately. Since then, I have been down. Initially, I thought of going to the UK to accompany my daughter home because I know how emotional she is but that Friday, she was already on her way to Nigeria. Everything was just like a dream. I can’t still believe all that happened. This is somebody who just left some friends in the estate. Sola Salako was even expecting to have him on her television programme. She became worried. Femi keeps appointments; the next thing was his R.I.P on Facebook.”
“I will miss his being there for his daughter, Rolari. Whenever she comes to town, her father was always there for her. He was a good father to his daughter, I feel for his wife.” She concluded.
Femi Segun died in St Nicholas hospital on March 14, 2014 after sustaining deep injuries from a power bike accident.
A service of Songs held in honour for him on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his residence while his funeral service held at Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s House on the Rock Church, Lekki, Lagos on Friday.
The late Femi Segun was born in 1959. He left an aged mother, Mrs. Mabel Segun (a foremost novelist), sister, Omowunmi, wife, Mrs. Bisi Femi Segun, Yeni Kuti and two daughters, Rolari and Fikemi.
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